Wellingborough workers responsible for delivery of Samsung mobiles win union recognition

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Unite has secured trade union rights for 120 workers at Yusen Logistics in Wellingborough

Workers in Wellingborough responsible for the delivery of Samsung mobiles have secured trade union recognition.

A total of 120 workers based at Yusen Logistics on the Park Farm Industrial Estate have joined union Unite after a campaign.

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The campaign began in January this year – in the space of a few months the union’s membership grew from almost no members to 90 percent membership.

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Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham said: “In the space of just a few months workers responsible for the delivery of Samsung phones and tablets across the UK joined Unite in their droves. It’s a testimony to Unite’s reputation as a union that is winning on jobs, pay and conditions."

After a workplace ballot Unite won recognition after 97 percent of workers supported the vote. The union has now signed a recognition agreement and is in the process of electing union representatives.

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The warehouse workers and team leaders on the site provide warehouse and distribution services for Samsung’s onward deliveries, including the delivery of Galaxy mobile phones.

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Unite regional officer, Sean Kettle said: “A resistant employer didn’t deter the workforce from supporting union recognition. The members and Unite’s team of organisers did a fantastic job building the union and getting the vote out.”

Unite wanted a collective bargaining arrangement that will allow the union to be able to negotiate on matters on behalf of their members that are employed at the logistics firm.