NEWS IN BRIEF
Labour & European Law Review Weekly issue 20 14 June 2007
UNIONS GOOD FOR BUSINESS
The TUC is targeting non-unionised companies across the UK to convince reluctant employers that, rather than posing a threat to them, union involvement can be beneficial to their businesses.
Over the last few weeks, it has sent out 2,000 copies of a new leaflet, 'An employers' introduction to trade unions', to small and medium-sized firms to show that unionised workplaces tend to be safer, better trained and more productive.
Using figures gathered by the Government, the leaflet shows that:
- The involvement of union workplace reps in disputes between individuals and their employers can stop cases from having to go to employment tribunals, saving the UK up to £43m in unnecessary applications to the courts.
- Over 15,000 learning reps help make work-based training courses happen, improving skills to the tune of up to £146m in terms of increased productivity.
- Union safety reps can save the economy as much as £578m a year by ensuring workplaces become less hazardous and causing fewer days to be lost as a result of work-related injuries and illnesses.
To download 'An employers' introduction to trade unions', go to: