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2001-11-26 GNE-001
GNER Holdings


GNER signs ‘landmark’ agreement with trade unions

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GNER Holdings

GNER signs ‘landmark’ agreement with trade unions

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26 November 2001
source GNER Holdings
type Press release

TRAIN operator GNER has signed a ground-breaking partnership agreement with three leading trade unions to ensure the company’s continued success and further improve the welfare of its people.

The new partnership, with the RMT, TSSA and AEEU trade unions, covers more than 2,100 full and part-time GNER staff covered by collective bargaining agreements. It establishes a number of working principles, which recognise the importance of breaking down barriers and working together to support employment opportunities, sustained business success and improved customer service.

Specifically, these cover: mutual involvement in decision-making; close communication and information swap; recognition of the need to improve business performance; ongoing training and development for a more committed workforce; and the need to create the right work – life balance.

GNER’s HR director Mike Gooddie said: “Our partnership, which is unique in the industry, reinforces a mature relationship of mutual openness and trust, of consensus not conflict. It recognises the important role of trade unions in contributing to the development of good business practice.”

The new partnership will include a move from a core 37-hour working week to 35 hours by 19 January 2003.

The agreement will be driven forward by a Joint Partnership Steering Group, made up of employee representatives and GNER managers.

This initiative follows another landmark agreement earlier this year between GNER and ASLEF, the train drivers union. This was applauded by the TUC.

Since starting operations in April 1996, GNER has enjoyed a close and constructive relationship with its trade union partners. The company has successfully restructured, by agreement, the terms and conditions of 90 per cent of its 3,000 people without a day lost to industrial action.


Note to Editors:
GNER operates high-speed, long-distance services between London Kings Cross, the East Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East of England and Scotland, carrying over 14 million passengers a year.

TSSA is the Transport Salaried Staffs Association. The RMT is the national union of Rail, Maritime & Transport workers, and AEEU is short for the Amalgamated Engineering & Electrical Union.

Press Office: tel 01904 523072.

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