Poole food manufacturer the Addo Food Group will continue to recognise Unite as the recognised union for the 600-strong workforce, after constructive talks with company bosses today (Friday 29 April).
Unite, the largest union in the country, hailed the breakthrough talks at the company’s Sterte Avenue headquarters as ‘opening a new chapter in industrial relations’.
Unite had a recognition agreement with the Dorset company, previously known as the Pork Farms Group, for more than five years – but was given notice terminating the agreement three months ago.
However, after talks between the management and Unite’s regional secretary for the south west, Peter Hughes the company has said that it wanted to negotiate a new recognition agreement and a new facilities agreement which would allow shop stewards to have an official role in dealing with industrial relations’ matters.
Peter Hughes said: “We had constructive talks with management today and the outcome is that the firm will continue to recognise Unite as the union for collective bargaining purposes.
“We also agreed that Unite will be allowed to approach non-union workers about the benefits of joining a trade union, if they so wish.
“Altogether, this has been a very sensible outcome for both sides and Unite will work in a constructive fashion with management to forge a new chapter in good employment relations in the months and years ahead.”
Labour MEP for the South West Clare Moody, who had also thrown her political weight behind the Poole workers, said: “I am delighted that Addo wishes to continue to build its relationship with Unite and am very much looking forward to visiting the site and speaking with the reps about how we can continue to work together.”
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.