Charity staff win union recognition

Trade union Unite has won the right to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of 30 non-managerial staff from Victim Support West Yorkshire.

The case went to the Central Arbitration Committee after the charity resisted a request from its employees for union recognition, which gives staff rights to negotiate with their employer on pay and working conditions.

"This is a huge win for Unite members,” said Justine McCarthy, regional officer for Unite. “They will now enjoy the benefits of union recognition, including collective rights, trained union representatives and the opportunity for better pay, pensions, holiday and sick pay.”

A statement from Victim Support West Yorkshire said: “VSWY has always been in favour of working constructively with Unite and entered into negotiations some six months ago. It was Unite’s own wish to pursue a compulsory agreement.

“We strongly contest the view that any actions carried out by VSWY were in any way detrimental to our staff.

“VSWY is in the process of a planned national restructure. As a result of this restructure there have not been, and it is not envisaged that there will be, any redundancies. VSWY therefore welcomes this opportunity to work with Unite.”

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