Working with Unions
Client quote –
- “Rosie… has demonstrated her ability to resolve complex Employee Relations issues; this can best be seen in her management of work done on the works job and pay structure for Derby… [Rosie] has gained the respect of managers and Union representatives.” Eamonn Barry, Employee Relations Director, Rolls-Royce.
- Led TUPE consultation with 12 unions involved in transferring all school support services from a council into a joint venture with Capita. This was in a part of the business I had not previously worked with.
- Led a management/union working party to design and implement a new job and pay structure for 5,000 manual workers in Rolls-Royce. This involved 3 management teams and 3 different unions.
- Negotiated with Train Drivers to change terms & conditions in Maintrain, where I had just taken over as HR Manager.
Challenge / objectives –
- Unions in the council were fundamentally opposed to outsourcing and to Capita.
- In Rolls-Royce, the working party had arisen as a way of settling a pay dispute; if the working party had failed, the dispute would have resumed.
- With Maintrain, the train drivers’ union (ASLEF) was very strong, with its own agenda coming from the National leaders.
Work carried out –
- All of the above situations involved careful planning of tactics and preparation with the management teams.
- They involved quickly building relationships with management teams and union reps. and understanding what was important to each party.
- They involved leading meetings and ensuring progress was made in each.
- They all involved careful documentation of any agreements
- Each of the projects was successful.