Hyder and Unison are well on the way to salvaging their 10-year partnership agreement which was heading for the rocks three weeks ago.
Unison threatened to end the partnership if any of the 1,000 job losses announced by the company early last month were compulsory (Personnel Today, 14 December).
Although there is still a risk of some compulsory losses three-quarters of the target number have volunteered for redundancy, union secretary Brian Wallis said last week. "I am optimistic but cautious that we can work this out," he said.
The company and union are trying to resolve the remainder by matching staff who want to stay but whose jobs are at risk with those who want to go but whose jobs are needed.
Unison is considering changes in working conditions.
The Hyder-Unison partnership has been seen as a role model by many companies because of its stability and longevity.