Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has accused bosses at Colloids Limited in Kirkby of ‘blatant double standards’ when it comes to health and safety at work.

Unite has hit back at Colloids' bosses for having ‘one rule for management, and a different one for its workforce’ after the union discovered that the company has not been consistent in its health and safety zero tolerance disciplinary policy.

Members of Unite began continuous strike action on Monday 20 May after their colleague was dismissed for an alleged breach of health and safety.

Unite has now uncovered photographic evidence that some managers are breaching the same health and safety regulations, which resulted in the unfair dismissal of Unite union representative George Gore.

Unite is calling for the immediate reinstatement of George Gore and a complete review of health and safety policies and procedures across the Kirkby site.

Unite's Pat Coyne said: “This new evidence clearly demonstrates the inconsistency and hypocrisy of the zero tolerance policy as a complete sham.

“If Colloids is that safety conscious, then why are its managers not being sacked for breaking the rules too?

“Our members are outraged that George has been singled out. It is vital that Colloids' management works with Unite in adopting a consistent health and safety policy that applies to all, not just our shop steward.

“We take the health and safety of our members seriously, so it’s important that any safety issues are identified and resolved as a matter of urgency.

“The ball is clearly in Colloids' court if the company wants to end this dispute. The company must recognise the error of its ways, reinstate George and then enter into negotiations to ensure health and safety policies are consistently and fairly applied.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Pat Coyne on 07568 106 243 and/or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 0151 559 2004 or 07768 931 316. Unite press office is on 020 3371 2065.