Unite will fight compulsory redundancies at Cummins ‘every step of way’ after firm announces global job cuts
- Monday 25 November 2019
Unite warned engine and generator manufacturer Cummins today (Monday 25 November), that it will fight any compulsory redundancies in the UK after the firm announced 2,000 jobs cuts to its European and US operations.
The announcement comes after Cummins, which has sites across England and Scotland, said in October that it is planning to close its Scottish manufacturing site in Cumbernauld, a move that will result in 130 jobs.
Unite accused Cummins of providing ‘questionable information’ as to why the site needs to close and is meeting with the Scottish Government in early December to discuss measures to keep it open.
Unite national officer for automotive Steve Bush said: “Unite is deeply concerned about Cummins’ announcement that it is going to slash 2,000 jobs across its international operations under the guise of ‘efficiency savings’.
“This announcement, which gives no real details about where these cuts will fall, is a further blow to Cummins’ UK workforce, who are still reeling from the firm’s recent plans to slash 130 jobs by closing its Cumbernauld plant.
“Cummins has already offered voluntary redundancy packages, now it is threatening 2,000 compulsory redundancies. Given Cummins’ history of treating its workers with disdain this does not bode well for staff.
“Trust has been severely eroded following the closure of Cummins’ Barnack Road site in Stamford, where Unite members voted to strike over the firm’s failure to negotiate redundancy terms and its lack of transparency.
“We are now seeing a similar situation unfold in Cumbernauld, with Cummins providing questionable information on its reasons for wanting to close the site.
“Unite is meeting with the Scottish Government in December to discuss measures to keep the site open and we will not let Cummins lead our members down the garden path.
“Unite will fight every step of the way if Cummins attempts to shutter the Cumbernauld plant or enforce compulsory redundancies. The same goes for every other Cummins UK workplace that will be affected by these cuts.”
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For more information please contact Unite communications officer Ryan Fletcher on 07849 090215.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.