Unite, the UK’s leading union, has negotiated a recognition agreement for its members working at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) anti-poverty charity. 

The agreement ensures the union’s growing membership at JRF sites in London, Glasgow and York have collective trade union bargaining rights when it comes to pay and employment conditions. 

Unite regional officer Karl Stephenson said: “This is a significant step by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and will ensure that its staff have Unite in their corner to deal with workplace issues and collectively bargain on pay. 

“We look forward to building positively on this recognition agreement to benefit both the staff and the charity’s core aims and I urge all of Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s staff to join Unite.”

The agreement covers around 150 workers initially, including those producing anti-poverty reports, administration and grounds maintenance staff.


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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.