Following UNITE’s request for union recognition at MAN23, the company has agreed this in principle and set up meetings this week and next to progress it:
“I can confirm that, in principle, the company is prepared to offer Unite recognition at our location known as MAN23. We outlined at this meeting some issues that would need to be resolved before an agreement could be finalised and agreed that we would hold further meetings when Terry Thompson and Maurice Edwards had returned from holiday. These meetings have now been arranged for 20th and 25th January and formal invitations have been sent to you.”
UNITE’s preference would be to incorporate MAN23 staff into an expanded Manchester bargaining unit, rather than negotiating a new and separate agreement. As this would modify the existing Manchester Recognition Agreement, the new arrangements would need to be approved by both a majority of members at MAN23 and a majority of members in the existing Manchester bargaining unit (who will discuss the matter at their EGM at 2pm on Wednesday 2nd February).
The union will keep you updated as negotiations progress.