CWU praises EE move to allow on-site promotion of union

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Agreement a ‘significant step’ in relationship between the two organisations

The Communications Workers Union has struck a deal with EE allowing literature promoting union membership to be placed in communal areas at EE sites.

Prior to the agreement, the union said that activists were risking “life and limb” as they had to leaflet workers on busy roads outside the operator’s call centres. The union claims this arrangement sometimes fell foul of health and safety concerns, hampering its recruitment efforts.

A three-month trial will see information on joining the union now being displayed in communal areas inside buildings. Like many telecoms operators EE doesn’t recognise the CWU and the union believes this represents a positive development in their relationship.

“It’s a very significant step to get a company that doesn’t recognise trade unions to allow union literature on site – but EE’s willingness to work with the CWU to ensure the best possible training for our reps goes beyond that and is even more praiseworthy,” said John East assistant secretary CWU.

The union had further praise for EE after it agreed to take part in a scheme training its representatives on the operator’s disciplinary and grievance processes. A total of 26 representatives from sites including North Tyneside, Darlington, and Plymouth have already received the training.

East used the news as an opportunity to encourage other telecoms companies to engage with the CWU.

“We only wish that some of the other companies we deal with in the unrecognised telecoms sector were as enlightened,” he added.

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