Hundreds of staff at major cycling charity secure trade union recognition

Sustrans has reached an agreement to establish trade union recognition with Unite for its staff

14 Feb 2024| News

A large walking and cycling charity has reached an agreement to establish trade union recognition with Unite for its staff.

Sustrans’ hundreds of employees voted for Unite to recognise them in a ballot last year. Members of Unite will now elect representatives to conduct union-related duties. The recognition agreement means that Unite is now fully recognised to negotiate with Sustrans on employment matters including pay, hours of work and annual leave.

Unite will now be negotiating with Sustrans on a number of employment policies, including grievance and disciplinary, flexible and hybrid working, time off in lieu and health and safety.

Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said:

“Union representation is imperative in workplaces. It’s about building a stronger, more collective organisation. Unite is totally committed to improving our members’ jobs, pay and conditions and the recognition deal at Sustrans demonstrates how that commitment is delivering for workers.”

Alan Scott, Unite’s national officer, said:

“Unite members at Sustrans will now be able to shape their working environment. We are committed to creating a fairer future for the workforce.”

Charity Commission data for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 pus the charity’s total income at £112m and total expenditure at £110m with 700 full-time-equivalent staff.

Xavier Brice, CEO of Sustrans, said:

“This agreement isn’t just about collective bargaining; it’s about building a stronger, more inclusive organisation where everyone can thrive. Together, we can better serve our mission and increase our impact.”