December 01, 2006 10:26 ET

Amicus signs deal at publishing giant Macmillan

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 01, 2006) - Amicus, the union representing publishing and media workers has signed a union recognition agreement with publishing giant Macmillan for their Swansea-based warehouse.

Around 140 people will benefit from this deal which has come about after an Amicus campaign which lasted 18 months.

Bernard Rutter, Head of Organising within Amicus Graphical, Paper & Media Sector led the talks with the company. He said:

"Amicus was approached last year by employees at the Swansea site who wanted the same rights to negotiate terms and conditions as employees at other Macmillan sites. This campaign was not an easy one for our members as Macmillan's management had initially refused meetings to discuss the wishes of our members working at the site."

Amicus secured the deal when the union was granted legal recognition by the Central Arbitration Council (CAC) which handles claims for statutory trade union recognition. Union recognition is a legal right if supported by the majority of the workforce.

Amicus Assistant General Secretary, Tony Burke, said:
"This is a great result for Macmillan employees in Swansea. We are now looking forward to developing a more positive relationship with the company."

Amicus has been organising staff within Macmillan during the past year and has been campaigning for proper Information & Consultation rights under the new Information & Consultation Directive.


Contact Information

  • Amicus
    Jamie Major
    07879 692021
    Bernard Rutter
    07973 630962
    Amicus press office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761