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Reps are force for good in organisations, report says

Trade union representatives are proving their worth in tough economic times by achieving positive change in the workplace, says a government-backed report.

The report, Reps in Action – How workplaces can gain from modern union representation, produced by the TUC, the Confederation of British Industry and the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, aims to raise awareness of what union reps do.

Around 200,000 workers currently act as lay union representatives.

They traditionally focus on improving terms and conditions of employment and resolving individuals’ problems, but many are also addressing wider issues.

The report shows how reps working in partnership with employers are benefiting both sides, and highlights seven case studies in the private sector.

Achievements include helping employers to save money, become more environmentally friendly and improve productivity, training, recruitment and staff morale.

CSP national officer Jess Belmonte welcomed the report, saying it helped people to understand the potential of reps for a wider role in the workplace.


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Matthew Limb

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15 July 2009

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