By linking up with the Transport & General Workers (T&G), a working relationship has been formalised that will serve its municipal services operations. The T&G is a significant public sector trade union that has contracts with 28 local authorities.
These include union recognition, health and safety, check-off facilities, union lay representation, training and facilities for lay representatives and disciplinary and grievance procedures.
VES chief executive for the UK and Northern Europe Cyrille du Peloux said: This agreement is designed to create a strong working partnership with the T&G that will operate at all levels and deliver joint benefits.
Instead of being just a procedural agreement, we believe it will enhance industrial relations by enabling us to work together more closely on a day-to-day basis.
The agreement was signed at the T&G unions office in Holborn, with representatives from both VES and the T&G union in attendance.
T&G national organiser for public services Peter Allenson said: This agreement will make a real difference to Veolia workers. This is an important company in a very challenging and important area of local Government where the service provided does not just matter to local communities but globally, too.
It is vital, then, that the workforce feels that they are supported by both their employer and their union. This agreement delivers this and we look forward to building membership as a result.