Unite hails success in ‘spy in the cab’ dispute

Unite hails success in ‘spy in the cab’ dispute

01 June 2015

The dispute over a tracker device in the vehicles of employees working at the Finnish-owned lift firm Kone has been successfully settled, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Monday 1 June).

As a result, the two-week strike by 300 engineering service workers, which started last Wednesday (27 May), will be called off from 06.00 tomorrow (Tuesday 2 June).

Unite had said that the tracker system, known as VAMS, was an unreliable method for measuring workloads.
However, the agreement, hammered out under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas now has ‘loads of safeguards’ in relation to the use of VAMS.

Unite national officer Linda McCulloch said: “We are pleased to say that we have negotiated a comprehensive settlement, a new framework document, with the company that provides loads of safeguards for our members. As a result, they will be returning to work tomorrow morning.

“The agreement provides mechanisms that will ensure that VAMS accurately records and measures the workloads of the employees. 

“This is a successful outcome that could have only been achieved by the 100 per cent solidarity shown by our members during the course of this dispute.”

The main Kone sites are at Chertsey in Surrey, Gateshead, Glasgow, Keighley in Yorkshire and Warrington.


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2061 or 07768 693940. 

  • 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.