Published on August 25th, 2016 | by The GC Team1
Tannoy workers treated with “total contempt”, says GMB
GMB Scotland has accused the chief of MUSIC, the parent company of Coatbridge speaker firm Tannoy, of treating its members facing imminent redundancy with “total contempt”, following MUSIC’s decision to move production at the Scottish factory to China earlier this year.
In a statement released today, the GMB said that Philippines-based Uli Behringer, founder and “Chief Disrupter” of the global audio equipment manufacturer, ended consultation with the workforce as basic information requests for comparative production costs, plant rent costs and closure charges between Coatbridge and sister sites were left unanswered.
According to the general union, MUSIC has now confirmed that there will be no further collective consultations “yet incredulously claim that they remain committed to looking for ways to avoid dismissals.”
The GMB said Behringer had told workers by email in May that operations at Coatbridge would cease following the conclusion of a thirty-day redundancy consultation period and manufacturing would be transferred to China at the cost of 70 skilled jobs.
Ude Adigwe, GMB Scotland Organiser, said: “This highly skilled and longstanding workforce has been treated with total contempt by Mr Behringer and his senior management from the outset.
“It’s bad enough that workers learned their livelihoods were under threat by an email sent from halfway around the world, but they have now spent an entire summer talking to a brick wall in their efforts to try and save local employment.
“MUSIC’s latest decision to walk away from consultations suggests that they are now looking to get out of town as quickly as possible and with little to no concern of the impact on their workers.
“Sadly, for our members and the North Lanarkshire economy, Mr Behringer has lived up to his own billing.”