Contractor denies unions ‘split’

Contractor denies unions ‘split’

Contractor denies unions ‘split’

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A council contractor has denied claims that they are looking to end its association with trade unions.

Management of the Mears Group say they have “absolutely no desire” to end its relationship with the GMB and other unions representing their workers.

The denial comes after a frantic online campaign from the local GMB branch over the weekend claiming that a Brighton and Hove City Council’s housing repairs contractor, which has a £200 million contract with the council, had given 12-months notice to de-recognise the trade unions.

Earlier this summer the two parties attempted to renegotiate the terms of an existing agreement that has been running for the past five years.

GMB officials are refusing to agree to a “detrimental” new version of the agreement surrounding the retention of terms and conditions which existed when the repairs team were in-house at the council.

Mears executive director Alan Long said: “We do have a recognition agreement with unions in Brighton and I would emphasise that we do want to continue our relationship.”

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12:50pm Tue 5 Aug 14

ThinkBrighton says...

The company I work for stoped union association over 10 years ago, since then everything has worked extemely smoothly, with no visits from a mouth on legs union official who has his own job in mind not mine.
The company I work for stoped union association over 10 years ago, since then everything has worked extemely smoothly, with no visits from a mouth on legs union official who has his own job in mind not mine. ThinkBrighton
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11:52am Fri 8 Aug 14

Gpb_elec says...

The internal gears of Mears Brighton work like a well oiled machine undertaking thankless tasks. The union causes nothing but a divide between the work force with their members full of hope from false promises, the rest of us live in the real world and get on with the job in hand. Paying £12 a month membership for GMB is silly when a chocolate fire guard is only a tenner
The internal gears of Mears Brighton work like a well oiled machine undertaking thankless tasks. The union causes nothing but a divide between the work force with their members full of hope from false promises, the rest of us live in the real world and get on with the job in hand. Paying £12 a month membership for GMB is silly when a chocolate fire guard is only a tenner Gpb_elec
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