You should by now have seen the results of the recent elections to the company’s UK Consultative Forum (UKCF). Once again, union backed candidates performed very strongly:
- Three of our candidates were elected unopposed
- In the areas where elections took place, a majority of employees who voted put a union-backed candidate first
- The majority of the new employee reps are union members
Thanks to all the candidates who stood and to everyone who voted.
The first meeting of the new UKCF took place in December and we hope the official report (which has to be agreed with HR) will be published soon. In the meantime, it is good to report that the company confirmed that following the settlement of the Manchester dispute, entitlement to the Security of Employment Agreement (SEA) was clarified for employees right across the UK, in line with the announcement UNITE published. Indeed, the company says that the HR database has been updated and that people can check what their own “redundancy terms” field says by contacting HRdirect.
This good progress on redundancy rights still doesn’t go as far nationally as we’ve achieved in Manchester. For example, the company nationally has not been explicit that redundancy rights are a contractual entitlement, and they’ve made no commitment on entitlements for those who joined the company since the start of 2000.