Unite the union, representing workers at both Mitie and Mears, is seeking reassurances from both companies that the workforce will be fully protected following today’s announcement (November 19) that Mears has purchased Mitie’s housing arm.

Unite is seeking an urgent meeting with Mears’ management in order to fully understand their short, medium and long-term plans for the company.

Additional guarantees needed

Workers will be legally protected by the Transfer of Undertaking Protection of Employment (TUPE) regulations but Unite will be seeking further additional guarantees from Mears.

Unite acting national officer for local authorities Ian Woodland, said: “It is imperative that Mears comes clean with the workforce over its plans for the company. Whenever a transfer occurs it creates a great deal of uncertainty for the workforce and reassurance needs to be provided.

Copper bottomed assurances

“Mears need to provide copper bottomed assurances that by purchasing Mitie it will not be seeking to make large scale job losses in order to boost short-term profits.

“Unite workers currently employed by Mitie undertake vital housing maintenance work across the UK and the quality of that work and the service that tenants receive must not be reduced as a result of this purchase.”

Scottish Unite regional co-ordinating officer for construction Steve Dillon said: “As soon as the purchase was announced members have been in contact as they have genuine fears for the future.

Both Mears and particularly Mitie have a large number of large ex-local authority contracts in Scotland and those workers in particular are seeking concrete information on what the future holds.

“Unite will be ensuring that all members are given the correct information and that jobs are fully protected. Unite will also be using the announcement to have a fresh membership drive at both companies, in order to ensure that all workers are fully protected in the future.”

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Notes to editors

Construction Enquirer: Mears buys Mitie housing arm for £35 million

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.