Sunday, 11 December 2011

AEI Cables Workers Still Resolute

Last May 126 employees at AEI Cables in Birtley County Durham were handed letters informing them that they no longer had a job.
They were informed that the company which had been bought for £14.5 million by New Delhi-based Paramount Communications in 2007, had ran into difficulties as the price of copper doubled in price.
The company's creditors accepted a proposal for the company to enter a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), but failed to consult with trade unions, and the sacked workers have had no redundancy payments despite having an enhanced redundancy scheme.
They were told they would have to get them from the government.

Taxpayer's money had to be used to pay the workers but the Taxpayer's Alliance don't seem to be shouting about this do they?
Bill Doyle, who is acting as an unofficial coordinator, explained that when the company entered into a CVA, the workers were issued with immediate notices to end their employment, with no redundancy money, 'We have to go through the rigmarole of fighting for it', he said.
Another worker told how they were all 'shell shocked, devastated at the way we've been treated.' He went on to say that he had been at the factory for over 20 years; 'All I got was a letter through the door, no explanation.
I'm relying on my wife's wages now - which isn't much money.'
Since the sacking of these loyal workers the company have taken on from outside those that were sacked.
All of those sacked are members of Unite and GMB and are determined to fight for justice. They need support and every avenue must be explored to ensure they get that justice.


  1. I met some of these workers whilst attending the end of the Jarrow march in London on the 5th November - Its pathetic news that the company can take on from outside when these workers have given succh loyal service over decades...I hope that justice will prevail.

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