09/09/2009 - Redundancies: are they inevitable?


Whilst many small firms are struggling to survive there will be redundancies in an attempt to cut costs. Large firms in the same situation will make even larger 'cuts'. We know however that there are large firms still making big profits who are using the economic downturn to make redundancies simply to increase profits and not from necessity.

The Government can and should take action against these profiteers. Some workers, however, are beginning to take action themselves. Liverpool airport baggage handlers recently scored a victory. They made their employer Servisair drop plans for compulsory redundancies. Staff at the city's John Lennon airport had started a strike on August 20. 
Flights by Ryanair, KLM, Wizzair, Flybe and Thomson had been affected. Bosses had attempted to undermine the strike by bringing in managers from other airports. As the threat of industrial action spread, however, they pledged to withdraw the compulsory redundancies and abandon attempts to worsen the contractual conditions for remaining staff.
Solidarity Trade Union salutes these brave workers who, by their courageous action, saved their jobs. Still profitable firms must be dissuaded from dismissing staff for profit and workers must be supported if they strike to save jobs!
Contact: Patrick Harrington (Solidarity General Secretary) 07794 486858
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