Chunghwa to survey workers on union deal

Electronics firm Chunghwa Picture Tubes is to survey staff on a potential partnership deal after ending a long-running quarrel with engineering union AEEU. Management at the plant in central Scotland had objected to a recruitment and recognition campaign by the union last year. The Taiwanese firm had called on the union to wait for recognition […]

Electronics firm Chunghwa Picture Tubes is to survey staff on a potential partnership deal after ending a long-running quarrel with engineering union AEEU.

Management at the plant in central Scotland had objected to a recruitment and recognition campaign by the union last year. The Taiwanese firm had called on the union to wait for recognition until the plant, which opened in 1995 and began production last year, was more established.

Deputy personnel manager Judith Chalmers said the AEEU, which estimates it has about 300 members at the plant, had been invited to talks on partnership.

Chunghwa has told the AEEU and the T&G, which is also chasing recognition, that it will be guided by the results of a survey of the 1,200 staff to be carried out next month.

If they vote in favour, a partnership deal could be signed when the Employment Relations Bill becomes law later this year.

‘The T&G had always been reasonable in its approach, but the AEEU has changed its stance,’ said Chalmers. ‘If it [partnership] is what staff want, then we will go along with that.’