Unite National Officer, Siobhan Endean appeared on Radio 5 live to talk about the campaign and the work Unite's union reps are doing to support dignity at work for MP's staff. You can listen to it here https://www.uniteforoursociety.org/blog/parliamentary-report-into-bullying-more-must-be-done/#maincontent
To: Theresa May PM, all Party Leaders and Marcial Boo, IPSA Chief Executive
Parliament must clean up its act - recognise Unite, the union for MPs' and Peers' staff
Recognise Unite as the trade union of parliamentary researchers and staff across political parties. Work with the union to clean up employment practices at the Palace of Westminster.
Why is this important?
Harassment and bullying, including sexual harassment, makes the lives of workers a misery. Staff working for our legislators have a right to dignity at work too, and Parliament must send a clear signal that it will clean up its act.
Unions help make workplaces safe and put power in the hands of staff. Recognising Unite will give staff a powerful voice who will fight for them.
Recently, the Prime Minister met with Unite’s parliamentary and constituency branch. Now she, and all party leaders must call on IPSA to recognise the union of hundreds of staff working for our MPs and Peers.
Max Freedman, chair of Unite’s parliamentary and constituency branch said: “The Prime Minister has agreed to consider the branch’s call for formal union recognition. Unite has emphasised the need for the voice of staff to be amplified in the discussion of new processes and in eliminating the culture of bullying and harassment.”
Parliament cannot set itself apart from other workplaces. It must provide a safe working environment for employees. It’s time to recognise Unite.