Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

April 30, 2007 11:27 ET

Putting the Crown on better industrial relations

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 30, 2007) - Amicus and can-making giant Crown Packaging UK Plc have reached a ground breaking new agreement that will revolutionise the way workers are consulted about important business plans.

The agreement sets up a joint management and union information and consultation forum covering the company's 3000 UK employees at 15 different manufacturing sites across the country.

Workers covered by the agreement at Crown Packaging, one of the world's leading manufacturers of food and beverage cans, include engineers, electricians, printers, technical, manufacturing and administration staff.

Commenting on the new agreement Amicus' National Officer for the Food, Drink and Tobacco sector, Iain MacLean, said: "This is a good deal for all union members at Crown which will give them, for the first time, a real opportunity to influence the company's thinking on strategic issues at the formative stage. They will also have the right to see and challenge the key information that often lies behind important business decisions."

Amicus' Assistant General Secretary, Tony Burke, who strongly supported the agreement emphasised the importance of unions building on the legislation for the benefit of workers. He said: "The EU Directive gives all employees in companies with 100 or more people the right to information and consultation, but only trade unions have the resources, the experience and the organising skills to turn these new rights into effective tools for advancing the interests of all workers.

"Crown Packaging is to be congratulated on the positive attitude it has taken towards the legislation."

The first meeting of the new body will take place later this year after the union reps and managers on the forum have been trained.

The T&GWU and GMB are also signatories to the agreement.

Contact Information

  • For further information or to arrange an interview
    with Iain Maclean or Tony Burke please contact
    Ashraf Choudhury in the Amicus Press Office on
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224 761