Schivo rejects claims that workers were not consulted over redunancies



A spokesperson for Schivo has been critical of the UNITE trade unions for organising protests outside its facilities in Derry and Waterford yesterday.

14 redundancies have been announced at the former Maydown Precision Engineering in Derry since its transfer under Schivo ownership a month ago.

UNITE called the protests claiming the company had breached a recognition agreement by refusing to engage with the union over the transfer or redundancies - that is a claim the company rejects.

In a statement Schivo said it is very disappointed that the Unite trade union is targeting its workforce with negative and unwarranted protests.

The company says it has not breached any agreement with the Unite trade union, despite the union's repeated claims that is has.

It says there was no such agreement in place between any union and the previously named Maydown Precision Engineering company that Schivo acquired.

The statement points out that on many occasions Unite has been asked to provide evidence of this agreement but the union has failed to do so.

The company says that since the takeover a level of restructuring is required and to that end Schivo announced two weeks ago that it would be making 14 staff at the Derry facility redundant.

The company says that rather than celebrate the saving of 119 jobs, Unite prefers to obstruct Schivo's attempts to turn around the facility in Derry and attempt to bully it into adhering to their agenda with these protests in Derry and Waterford.

Adding, they will not succeed.