Having union recognition means that your employer must negotiate with the union what we call collective bargaining. Collective bargaining is whereby:
Representatives elected by you and trained by us will negotiate your wages, terms and conditions on your behalf. Employees in unionised workplaces earn on average more than employees in comparable non-unionised workplaces and generally get greater job satisfaction and security. Union representatives consult members in this process, giving individuals input on issues such as holiday pay, overtime, annual pay increases and so forth.
Recognition also means employees can elect their own health and safety representatives, who Unite fully train to monitor health and safety in the workplace. There are 50 per cent fewer accidents in unionised workplaces than comparable non-unionised ones.
Elected representatives are allowed more time for union responsibilities, including: training in employment law, negotiating skills, health and safety, supporting and representing individual members, with the support of a full time officer and the union's solicitors
It is a proven fact that well organised, unionised companies have better terms and conditions than comparable non-unionised ones: on average 10 per cent higher basic rates of pay; less sexual or racial harassment; less bullying in the workplace; better health and safety performance; better trained representatives and effective procedures and better training and better opportunities.