Unite the Union

Unite the Union

July 09, 2007 08:15 ET

Training Of Trade Union Representatives Gives Business Edge

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 9, 2007) - As part of an ongoing commitment to the ten year partnership agreement between Unite (Amicus Section) and insurance giant Legal & General today (9th July) sees the completion of the first training course to up-skill their union representatives.

The combined effort by Legal & General and Unite to up-skill union representatives follows a series of initiatives in recent years to strengthen and deepen their existing relationship.

In a celebratory ten year anniversary party held at the company earlier this week, Legal & General chairman Rob Margetts praised the Partnership Agreement for being a key driver in the company's success over the past ten years.

"The commitment demonstrated by both sides, to what is a genuine partnership, has enabled Legal & General to move from being a top ten player a decade ago to one of the leading three insurers in the UK market today. The ability of the company to tackle regulatory and market change has been greatly enhanced by the dedication of both parties to true consultation and engagement," said Rob Margetts.

Karen Reay, Unite National Officer, says: "The ongoing relationship with Legal and General represents best practice in employment relations. The commitment given by Legal and General to work in partnership with Unite is an acknowledgement of the positive benefits that trade unions bring to business growth. Unite considers training and development of our workplace representatives as a key element of our growth strategy, to this end we welcome this initiative."

Working with Unite's representatives Legal & General has invested in training all representatives with a view to enabling them to better carry out their union duties. The company believes that by doing so, the union is even better placed to support the Partnership Agreement.

The new training regime follows an earlier initiative where the company put over 1000 of its managers through another training course in order to ensure that they better understood the value of Partnership. The trainers on that course included union representatives.

Notes to Editors
The original Partnership Agreement signed in 1997 was between Legal & General and MSF which became Amicus and more recently Unite.

Unite, the Union has been formed after Amicus and TGWU members voted to merge to create a new union with around two million members. Unite represents workers in a range of sectors including: health, manufacturing, IT, not for profit, education, food, drink and tobacco, print and local authorities. Unite, finance sector has 180,000 members in the financial services sector.

For information on Unite visit: www.unitetheunion.org.uk

Legal & General is the country's leading supplier of life assurance and annuities to banks building societies and the intermediary sector as well as being one of the largest long term savings institutions in the UK. It is also one of the largest investors in the UK stockmarket. The company seeks to build trust, long term relationships and a profitable business by demonstrating the quality of its management and staff; its skills and expertise; while being open, honest and transparent and committed to responsible business practices.

Contact Information

  • Unite Press Office
    Saba Mozakka
    020 7420 8916 or 07768 693 953
    Legal & General Group Plc
    John Morgan
    Media Relations Director
    0207 528 6213 or 07798 604951