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Unite the Union

September 07, 2007 08:10 ET

Unite Formally Seeks Recognition At Standard Life

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2007) -

Attention: news, financial and labour correspondents

Unite, has written to Standard Life to formally notify the company that the union will be applying for statutory recognition at the company.

Standard Life staff began to join Unite (then Amicus) at the end of 2006 in response to the company's plans to close the final salary pension scheme.

Despite the union receiving requests from staff to intervene and hundreds joining the union, Standard Life have refused to enter into meaningful discussions with a view to building a relationship between the union and the company.

Unite believes Standard Life appear to be so anxious to maximise profits for the benefit of the city that they have removed the final salary pension scheme for staff. This is clear evidence that the employees at Standard Life need professional support and independent representation. Members of a non independent staff body could be sacked or disciplined for criticising a company as they would not be protected by explicit legislation protecting trade union representatives from carrying out their duties.

Unite National Officer David Fleming says,

"Sandy Crombie has made it abundantly clear that if staff want to be represented by a trade union they'll have to force their way through the door. Unite believes this smacks of corporate irresponsibility.

Our only motive is to respond to the wishes of hundreds of staff at Standard Life who approached us. We have no choice but to formally apply for statutory recognition at the company."

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