Gate Gourmet and unions reach agreement

The Transport & General Workers’ Union (T&G) union has agreed selection criteria for redundancy with Gate Gourmet and the process for ratifying the company’s rescue plans.


The dispute between the union and the airline catering company broke out on 10 August when Gate Gourmet sacked 670 staff after they illegally walked out in protest at the firm’s restructuring plans.


The company caused outrage by sacking many staff in a car park using a megaphone.


Brendan Gold, T&G national secretary, said there were still major issues outstanding which will need to be agreed between both parties before a full resolution.


“All parties acknowledge that these are particularly complex negotiations, however, there are a number of factors that contribute to that complexity,” he said. “The legal position in relation to the action that took place on the 10th August is only one of those.”


The T&G’s said it expected further details including the numbers of Gate Gourmet workers who have opted for voluntary redundancy will be made known early next week.


For a full interview with Gate Gourmet’s HR director, go to www.personneltoday.com/31360.article

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