Unite the union has today (28 May) requested an urgent meeting with the new North American owners of Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL).

New Flyer Industries (NFI) Group has acquired the company where around 1,000 workers are directly employed as part of a 2,500 global workforce. The Scottish operation consists of the Camelon manufacturing site and the Larbert corporate headquarters.

ADL was saved from potential collapse in 2010 following hundreds of Unite members agreeing to work a 3-day week to stave off 260 redundancies in the aftermath of the global financial crash. ADL had previously shed nearly 100 jobs in the spring of 2009. Due to extensive lobbying by Unite, the ‘Green Bus’ Fund was created in 2010 with an initial £4.4 million. These finances resulted in the vast majority of the orders being placed for hybrid buses at ADL. More than £16 million has now been allocated to the fund resulting in over 360 low carbon emission buses joining the Scottish fleet.

Pat Rafferty, Unite Scottish secretary, said: “Unite is calling for an urgent meeting with the new owners of Alexander Dennis to seek assurances on future job security. It’s important to state that we have had productive industrial relations following the vital role Unite, and the workforce, played in keeping the company in business nine years ago. Alexander Dennis is now a world leader in manufacturing and a Scottish success story. Unite wants this success story to continue but it is vital NFI assures the workforce of their future business plan going forward.”


For more information contact Mark Lyon on 07711347646.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.