Unite, the UK’s leading union, has secured recognition for advanced professional and band V employees at Airbus UK.

The agreement will cover nearly 2,800 workers based at the company’s sites in Broughton, North Wales, and Filton, Gloucestershire, as well as satellite sites in Brize Norton and London.

The workforce voted in favour of being recognised by Unite by 94 per cent on an 86 per cent turnout, in a voluntary arrangement avoiding the need for a statuary process.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a significant agreement which expands union recognition at Airbus to a group who did not previously benefit from collective bargaining.

“This recognition deal at Airbus demonstrates that there is no part of the economy where workers will not benefit from union recognition.”

Unite national officer for aerospace, Rhys McCarthy, said: “This result is great news and will give well over two thousand managers collective bargaining rights for the first time.

“This agreement did not occur over night and a huge amount of work has been conducted by Unite’s representatives and officers to achieve this result.

“Credit should also be given to Airbus UK for avoiding a legal and protracted process and focusing instead on building good industrial relations.”


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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.