Factory occupation in Derry

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Caiman del Barrio
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Nov 25 2008 22:25
Factory occupation in Derry

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/foyle_and_west/7749189.stm

Anyone got any perspective on this or did the Northern Irish libertarian movt get completely absorbed in Revol vs Weeler? wink

jack white
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Nov 26 2008 11:05

This council?

Fletcher
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Nov 26 2008 12:02

Where is Londonderry?

Fletcher
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Nov 26 2008 13:26

I know a couple of the guys who work there. Basically there are 102 employees in the factory. If an employer makes over 99 people redundant then employment law states you have to pay 3 months wages. If however you make less than 99 redundant then you only have to pay one month. The company has made 90 redundant and offered 12 jobs in Belfast. This is saving the company over 200,000 in redundancy payments. The guys have occupied the factory and are doing so in two shifts to ensure the management can't lock them out. They are demanding a decent redundancy package. Best of luck to them. Going to take a drive over there later to see if any support or help required.

Caiman del Barrio
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Nov 26 2008 12:28

Thanks Liam...not really sure why I should change the name from what the BBC used though...

Fletcher
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Nov 26 2008 12:41

Because the name of our town is Derry not Londonderry. Londonderry was the name the British changed it to. No one here, apart from unionists when they are trying to make a political point, calls it Londonderry. But sure just you stick to the BBC version because the great "British" Broadcasting Corporation is completely impartial and unbiased!

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Nov 26 2008 12:47

Liam - do you fancy writing a news story on it for the site?

Fletcher
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Nov 26 2008 12:59

Will see what I can do Django. Will try and speak to some of the people there to get more info if I can.

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Nov 26 2008 13:02

Nice one.

Fletcher
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Nov 26 2008 13:12

The workers at Derry manufacturing plant Calcast have ened their occupation of the factory. They seem to have secured an improved redundancy package from the company. Just goes to show that decisive militant action can force bosses to meet demands. The plant is still closing but at least now the workers have a few months pay in their pockets as opposed to the one month that they were originally offered.

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Choccy
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Nov 26 2008 13:17

Yep, story here BBC -
Workers end their sit-in protest

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Joseph Kay
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Nov 26 2008 13:40

without wanting to be the token ultra-left bore, "there is a lot of detail still to be thrashed out, but suffice it to say we have enhanced the redundancy package" says the union. there was a vote to accept the offer, but it does sound like they could get stitched up yet since there hasn't been any obvious concrete concession. of course this could just be the company trying to save face, since they can insist it's still 30 days notice whatever the 'enhancements' transpire to be. any more info people have would be great.

Jason Cortez
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Nov 26 2008 13:57
Liam wrote:
Because the name of our town is Derry not Londonderry. Londonderry was the name the British changed it to. No one here, apart from unionists when they are trying to make a political point, calls it Londonderry. But sure just you stick to the BBC version because the great "British" Broadcasting Corporation is completely impartial and unbiased

There is always someone who will bite hey, Alan. groucho

Bobby
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Nov 26 2008 14:33

Liam, sent ye a pm

Caiman del Barrio
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Nov 26 2008 15:38
Liam_Derry wrote:
Because the name of our town is Derry not Londonderry. Londonderry was the name the British changed it to. No one here, apart from unionists when they are trying to make a political point, calls it Londonderry. But sure just you stick to the BBC version because the great "British" Broadcasting Corporation is completely impartial and unbiased!

I swear like a week ago I read you rip to shreds some Republican on other thread. Stick with that vibe, it looks better on you. smile

Yeah I saw the occupation had ended, good to see Liam has some insight on it.

Bobby
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Nov 26 2008 15:49

its derry and thats it. yous english will never understand : wall

Deezer
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Nov 26 2008 16:26

Alan, its Derry, everyone calls it Derry, even most prods callm it Derry and its called Derry in the "Sash My Father Wore". But I'm not gonna go getting as upset as Bobby about it cos I just don't really care that much...

...but then maybe Bobby is a raw spud muncher with a "titled" head, I like that revol68, a new insult - tit-led wink

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Nov 26 2008 17:59

Yeah to be fair calling it Derry has nothing to do with republicanism, it's what people who live there actually call it.
I remember the time Jack started saying Londonbelfast wink

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Nov 26 2008 22:51

"Londonbelfast".

That got the giggles!

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Joseph Kay
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Nov 26 2008 22:56

now now, this isn't libcommunity. on-topic please. thread title changed.

Jason Cortez
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Nov 27 2008 23:33

Letting them lot over there, get they own way. You know it is all going to end in tears. What was the topic again?

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Dec 17 2008 23:28

So how this struggle ended? Did they got what they wanted when they ended the occupation? It might be interesting lesson to know more detailed info on this.
Someone?

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Dec 17 2008 23:58

Swissco workers end sit-in.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/1216/swissco.html

(Didn't want to or think it waranted starting a new thread)