Amicus and Unison are to sign a partnership deal with the charity Scope today which will allow almost 5,000 employees union membership.
The unions said the agreement will give staff at Scope a real say in how the organisation is run, reflecting their interests through union representation on the staff forum and providing good facilities to help them organise new members.
The unions said that the partnership agreement also contains special provision, guaranteeing representation for disabled staff working for Scope. The charity has a commitment to increase its proportion of disabled staff to 20% by 2007.
Amicus’ national officer for the voluntary sector, Rachael Maskell, said: “This agreement marks a new opportunity in promoting equality and diversity in Scope, and mainstreaming these issues, as well as building sound industrial relations for the future. This is all about engaging staff in industrial relations and in trade unions.’
Unison’s Michael Short, said: “This deal will enable our members to get involved in the organisation and have a real impact on issues which affect their working life.”
Scope is a disability organisation in England and Wales with a focus on people with cerebral palsy.
By Mike Berry