Compass agrees consultation deal with unions

Compass
Group and seven UK trade unions have signed an historic agreement on
information and consultation for its employees.

Co-ordinated
by the Transport and General Workers Union, the agreement means that Compass
Group will be one of the first FTSE 100 companies to set up a comprehensive
National Works Council, ahead of proposed legislation under an EC directive to
compel large employers to set up information and consultation arrangements by
March 2005.

Compass
was also ahead of legislation in establishing a European Works Council, which
has been running for five years.

The
unions who are signatories to the agreement are the T&G, Unison, GMB,
USDAW, RMT, CWU, and PCS. The National Works Council will be established
essentially to help employees have a say in management decisions affecting
their future.

Mike
Burton, HR director for Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: "We have
developed an excellent rapport with the representatives of our employees over
the period that our European Works Council has been running and believe that
the National Compass Works Council (CWC) will provide further opportunities for
workplace partnership to the benefit of our employees and the business."

By Quentin Reade

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