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Unite the Union

August 30, 2007 08:03 ET

Unite Warns Standard Life Over Anti-Union Remarks

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2007) -

Attention: News, Financial and Labour Editors

Unite has today called on Standard Life's Chief Executive, Sandy Crombie to withdraw or at least clarify his seemingly anti union remarks or face a stand off with the UK's biggest union.

Unite's warning follows recent remarks from Sandy Crombie indicating that he does not want an independent trade union representing the interests of Standard Life staff. This is despite the union having recruited hundreds of members since the beginning of the year.

The union believes that Sandy Crombie's remarks are born out of fear and nervousness rather than informed choice. Standard Life has also accused the union of failing to provide evidence of the union's membership at Standard Life. Rather than take the union at its word and take note of the hundreds of staff attending union meetings, the company is demanding confidential and sensitive information which the union would not provide to any employer in any circumstance.

Unite National Officer, David Fleming says,

"Unite has been patient and mature in its approach to Standard Life and has offered the hand of friendship and co-operation to both the company, which rejected it and the non independent staff association which was due to give us a response in early September.

Sandy Crombie's comments smack of panic and amateur union busting tactics and will if not clarified or withdrawn force us to reconsider our mature and considered approach.

Unite already represents staff working for Standard Life in the Republic of Ireland and has a healthy working relationship with the company. Yet Sandy Crombie seems intent on applying union busting tactics and unilateralism on Scottish staff."

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. Unite's involvement was driven by the staff themselves. Unite has submitted a formal request to meet with the management of Standard Life to discuss a future relationship. The company improved the original proposals on the pension scheme which Unite believes was a result of the union intervening on behalf of the staff.

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