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Major charity accepts union recognition after months of negotiations


Some 800 staff voted for union representation

Unite has reached an agreement to establish trade union recognition and representation at walking and cycling charity Sustrans.

Following months of constructive talks, the charity's 800 staff voted for Unite to recognise them in a ballot last year.

The recognition agreement means that Unite is now fully recognised to negotiate with Sustrans on employment matters including pay, hours of work and annual leave.

Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham, said: “Union representation is imperative in workplaces. It’s about building a stronger, more collective organisation.

“Unite is totally committed to improving our members’ jobs, pay and conditions and the recognition deal at Sustrans demonstrates how that commitment is delivering for workers.”

The union will also now be negotiating with Sustrans on a range of employment policies, including grievance and disciplinary, flexible and hybrid working, time off in lieu and health and safety.

Alan Scott, Unite’s national officer, said: “Unite members at Sustrans will now be able to shape their working environment. We are committed to creating a fairer future for the workforce.”

Members of Unite will now elect representatives to conduct union-related duties.



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