One of the East Midlands’ leading manufacturers, Pandrol UK and Unite the union, will tomorrow (Thursday 13 May) sign a ground-breaking agreement to promote a more tolerant and inclusive workplace.

The Unity over Division charter signing will take place at the Pandrol UK plant at Gatesford Road, Worksop, S81 7AX tomorrow at 11.00. Unite has about 100 members employed by the Nottinghamshire company.

Pandrol is a world leading manufacturer of rail fastening systems and aluminothermic welding. Its products have been used in rail infrastructure projects in more than 100 countries. It is part of the Delachaux group.

Unite’s Unity Over Division charter was launched as part of the union’s campaign with employers to tackle racism and intolerance in the workplace, alongside challenging head on a narrative of hate and division developing within local communities with the support of far right groups.

Unite will be represented at the signing ceremony by Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner, who leads for the union on the charter, as well as on anti-racism work. 

 Alison Hunt, Pandrol Human Resources Manager, UK said: “Continuing to develop a more inclusive and diverse workplace is a key goal for Pandrol.  Signing this agreement builds upon our existing commitment to providing an ethical workplace and signals our intent to ensure we protect all of our workforce from any form of discrimination.  

“We look forward to building on the positive relationship that we have with Unite to make this important initiative a success.” 

Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands Paresh Patel said: “This signing represents an extremely positive step in the partnership between Pandrol and Unite on tackling the scourge of racism and intolerance in our society. 

“It is another significant advance forward and the signing by a major employer, such as Pandrol, forms a solid basis to ensure that manufacturing and engineering companies are a safe, tolerant and dignified place to work.

“Unite will continue to build on this positive foundation throughout the East Midlands and beyond.”

Unite deputy regional secretary for the East Midlands Shaun Lee said: “I am extremely proud to have reached this agreement with the employer and trust that this will be an example to encourage other manufacturing companies across the East Midlands to sign up to the charter and its values.”

Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner said: “The philosophy behind the Unity over Division charter is truly ground-breaking. When unions and employers work together real change can be achieved.

"I want to congratulate Pandrol for being prepared to work with Unite and its workforce on this initiative and congratulate our stewards, members and officers whose commitment and work with the company has brought us together to sign the charter.

“While we know that racism and discrimination has no place in the workplace, far too often the comments and actions of some, often disguised as ‘banter’, cause hurt and upset to others.

“As a result of signing this charter Pandrol and Unite will work together to challenge this kind of culture and ensure that all our workplaces are safe, dignified and respectful places to work for everyone.”


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