Last month Kinetics placed the northwest part of the business into administration, affecting 370 workers. Kinetics biggest client in the region was housing association Liverpool Mutual Homes. Following joint union negotiations, led by Ucatt, agreement was finally reached for more than 200 jobs to be directly transferred to Liverpool Mutual Homes.
The agreement as well as preserving jobs also ensured that the workers received retrospective back pay from 9hJune, continuity of service and the preservation of existing terms and conditions.
Ucatt northwest regional official Ren Davies, who led the joint union negotiations, said: “This was an excellent result. Through the workers high profile campaign to save their jobs and long and complicated negotiations, we have secured the best possible result for the workers and the tenants of Liverpool Mutual Homes.”
Ucatt is also claiming credit for saving a further 60 plus jobs in Preston where the former Kinetics workers have undertaken a TUPE transfer to local company HT Forest.
For the 100 workers whose jobs were unable to be transferred, Ucatt said that it will be applying to the employment tribunal for a protective award, citing Kinetics’ failure to consult on the redundancies.