M25 signs

Workers drive ahead with union recognition

Workers responsible for operating and maintaining the M25, one of the busiest and most significant motorways in the UK, will be driving ahead with Unite by their side.

Following a successful organising campaign and positive negotiations between Unite and Connect Plus Services (CPS), the parties will sign a recognition agreement today (Wednesday the 21 August).

The agreement means Unite will represent around 260 workers and negotiate on pay, hours and holidays going forward. Unite will also be playing a role when it comes to supporting training and skills development.

CPS operates and maintains the M25 motorway network, including key adjoining trunk roads on behalf of Connect Plus. It carries out routine maintenance, winter maintenance, as well as managing the operations and the overall requirements of the network. CPS is a joint venture between Balfour Beatty, Atkins and Egis Road Operation UK.

Unite regional officer, Malcolm Bonnett said: “Unite is delighted to be a signatory to this agreement and to take our relationship with CPS forward. It means workers responsible for maintaining one of the most important motorways in the UK will have the support of the UK’s major trade union.

“Our members have been working towards union recognition for a long time and the vast majority of the workforce have joined Unite. The workers have elected their own representatives who can now give members a voice at work.

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Unite is a union that campaigns for and delivers better pay and conditions for its members. Unite is winning at work based on three core values. Secure Work: fighting for jobs and job security, Strong Voice: a union which is a respected voice at work and Decent Pay: a union focused on pay and conditions.

For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo 07768 931 315
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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