GPM & IT - key issues

Top of the agenda for many decades is sustaining and improving our activism and strength in workplaces where we have recognition and targeting companies where we do not yet have recognition through a number of different strategies.

Part of Unite's strategy has been to pursue with vigour legally established Information and Consultation bodies with employers, especially multi-national employers. We have been very successful in this and are in negotiations with a number of employers to establish these forums, which give members legal redress. Again, it has always been our policy and strategy to have robust accountable European Works Councils which will workers' representatives across the European Union the right to consultation and the right to legal redress when companies do not comply. We have instigated, sponsored and been partner to many European projects supported by the European Commission.

We continue with our international co-operation through joint projects, especially with our brothers and sisters in the United Steel Workers, who are part of the Workers Uniting project.

Graphical, Paper & Media
The industrial issues that dominate our sector are the continuing attacks on terms and conditions of employment in the newspaper and magazine sector, especially in magazine/commercial print.  Terms have been attacked and cut, which has been mostly solely due to the huge over-capacity in the industry, and we expect this to continue over the coming months.

Sustaining and strengthening national agreements that we hold with a number of national employers' federations, as well as multi-national employers is a top priority and we continue to be successful in those parts of the sector which are still reasonably stable in achieving agreements and improvements to terms and conditions above the median settlements.

Where we do not have national agreements the policy of the sector is to pursue all employers, no matter how small, for RPI increases and where our members are supportive we will move to industrial action to achieve cost of living increases.

Information Technology
Unite is actively working to ensure that our members in the sector are treated properly by their employers, whilst demonstrating that the mythical general sales pitch within the industry that you are better as an individual is dispelled.

Unite has a proven record in the sector of enhancing the terms of members where we act collectively and ensuring that, where there are individual members, employers are unable to use individualism to the detriment of the member.

Unite has committed itself to the principal of fairness to all by campaigning successfully on many issues that have benefitted the membership.

Fair Pay campaign
Our members within many IT companies have completed a survey of their pay and ratings which we believe will support the view that there is inherent unfairness and inequality in these areas across the sector. Click here to download the unITe Fair Pay Charter.

Unite is the leading force within the UK resisting the company's attempts to reduce the Global workforce by 27,000 which is likely to mean another 1,600 job losses in the UK  IT economy. This job slashing across the world by a profitable company is unnecessary and likely only to lead to lower standards of service leaving employees working longer hours in a far more stressful atmosphere.

UNITE has continued to campaign for job security within CSC whereby to date this has resulted in almost 70% of the job cuts have been through volunteers rather than compulsory terms with the overall reduction of 1100 jobs also being reduced.

A campaign to organise employees in numerous sites across the company within IPSL, a UNISYS company which undertakes cheque clearances for many high street banks, is underway. Results so far suggest that employees recognise the benefits of union membership, largely as a result of Unite's successful campaign to keep the cheque.