Unite the union has secured a recognition deal with International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) which covers its employees based at its UK head office in Cardiff.

Unite had a long standing recognition agreement with IBO but unfortunately the organisation decided to de-recognise Unite in December 2018. This prompted Unite to launch a campaign to secure recognition through the government’s Central Arbitration Committee (CAC).

Following an independent postal ballot of IBO employees the CAC has announced that of the votes cast 92.3 per cent voted 'Yes' for Unite the union to be recognised by IBO. This vote means that Unite can now formally negotiate on behalf of its members in relation to terms and conditions of employment.

Unite Wales legal officer John Toner said: “Unite will always act strongly to defend our members when employers attack our ability to represent them. The massive vote of confidence in Unite by the employees of International Baccalaureate shows that workers need and want strong trade unions to defend their interests. This result should be a warning to other employers seeking to attack the collective bargaining structures that exist to protect the interests of workers.”

Unite regional officer Andrea Jones said: “The employees of International Baccalaureate have sent a strong message to their employer that their voice must be heard. It was incredibly disappointing that International Baccalaureate de-recognised Unite in the first place. The organisation portrays itself as a progressive employer but its actions did not reflect that. The organisation should now take stock of the CAC result and the overwhelming support for Unite that exists within their workforce. This is now an opportunity for IBO to change direction and work in a more constructive manner with Unite."


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Notes to editors:

  • 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.