The signing demonstrates the company's commitment to consultation and collective bargaining and outlines a wide range of procedures fully approved by both sides. These include: union recognition (national forum for shop stewards to be held each year); health and safety; check-off facilities; union lay representatives; training and facilities for lay representatives and disciplinary and grievance procedures.
Peter Allenson, T&G national secretary for public services, commented: 'This agreement will make a real difference to Veolia workers. This is an important company in a very challenging and important area of local government where the service provided does not just matter to local communities but globally, too. It is vital, then, that the workforce feel that they are supported by both their employer and their union. This agreement delivers this and we look forward to building membership as a result.'
Veolia Environmental Services, formerly known as Onyx and part of the Veolia Group, is one of the UK's leading waste management companies operating in all of the industry sectors. Veolia Environmental Services employs 71,000 people worldwide, servicing more than 50 million inhabitants across 34 countries.