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Union reps: good for you, good for the company? May 19, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in About us, Getting involved.

Apparently, yes! A joint statement setting out the positive contribution that modern union reps can make to the workplace has been launched by the TUC, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the CBI.  (The Confederation of British Industry is the organisation of major businesses in Britain.)

Reps in Action shows how modern union representatives and company managers have worked together to deal with situations that can occur in any workplace and as a result have, for example, improved working practices, enhanced workplace training provision or lead to greener workplaces.

According to research conducted by BERR in 2007, union reps are worth between £3.4 billion and £10.2 billion to the UK economy, on the basis that their presence in a workplace brings about a combination of productivity gains, reduced staff turnover, less time off as a result of sickness, improved health and safety and better training for staff.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘This joint publication reveals the positive contribution that union reps can make in the workplace. In these tough times Britain’s businesses need as much support as possible. Union reps can be a vital resource not only for unions and their members, but also for the companies and organisations that employ them.

More info: www.tuc.org.uk/extras/repsinaction.pdf

CWU is always looking for more reps in Carphone and TalkTalk.  Get in touch if it could be you.



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