New Representatives At PTF…
Hi to all.
After attending training delivered by the
CWU we are pleased to announce that there are now three
(accredited) union representatives who are happy to offer
representation to CWU members within PTF. Whether it be
issues relating to your employment within the company or
disciplinary/grievance matters there is help and advice that
is now available.
We are committed to providing a collective
voice for PTF’s workforce. We have been organising the union
for less than a year but there have already been some good
developments with union members being represented in
discipline and grievance hearings with positive results-one
member was reinstated after being sacked by PTF
With membership well over 50% this indicates
to us that the majority of fundraising staff
DO want recognition for the
CWU within the company.We feel that is now our
responsibility to ensure that you, as PTF’s employees, at
least have the opportunity to decide for yourselves whether
you wish to see our union recognised within the workplace.
That is why we feel this is the right time to pursue a claim
for recognition and we hope you will continue to support us
in this. Whether you have worked for the company for a few
years a few months or a few weeks, this opportunity has
never occurred before and may never occur again. We hope we
can rely on your support. Now is the time for us to stand
together and make a difference.
What do we want?
It is in everyone's interest that PTF as a
company prospers and is successful. We believe that securing
union recognition would improve PTF as a company in many
respects. PTF’s clients-many of which have there own union
affiliations-would almost certainly see this as a positive
development and PTF could be the first agency of its kind to
voluntarily recognise a trade union, that in itself would be
If the company are successful then that is
to a great extent due to the work we, as fundraisers, carry
out. We make the calls, raise the money and achieve the
contacts which ultimately is the lifeblood of any
fundraising agency. We are surely important to PTF’s
successful reputation, yet we have no bargaining rights with
regard to pay, holidays, hours and other issues which
directly affect our employment. In Short, at present we have
no voice, that is what we are seeking to change.
How do we get there?
Union membership has grown significantly
during the last ten months and we are now at a stage where
we feel confident in applying for recognition for our union
in PTF. We are hoping this will happen with the cooperation
of PTF and although previous positive approaches to sit down
and talk with the CWU have been ignored, this will be
another opportunity for the company to come to the table and
begin to build a positive working relationship that benefits
us all. With this in mind we have no option than to formally
pursue recognition if that is the express want of you, our
members. We want to give
you the choice
of having your union recognised. It isn't a choice PTF will
itself offer you without this process.
Union Recognition - What it Means
Meaning and types of trade union
A trade union is said to be
when an employer (PTF) agrees to
negotiate with it on
on behalf of a particular group
of workers. (us) The subsequent negotiation process is known
bargaining, with the
group of workers the union represents referred to as the
(us) Once a union
becomes recognised, the employer must conform with certain
legal duties .
Voluntary trade union recognition
The most common way a union can gain
recognition for collective bargaining purposes is by the
employer simply agreeing to recognise it voluntarily. In
practice this means the union becomes recognised by the
employer without using any legal procedures.
Statutory trade union recognition
If an employer and trade union find they are
unable to come to a voluntary recognition agreement, a trade
union can make an application for statutory recognition. To
follow the statutory procedure, the CWU must first write to
the company requesting recognition. It is important to
understand that the process can be lengthy, this is because
there are specific time limits at each stage of the process,
during this time it is vital that membership is sustained
and where possible grown.
Over the coming weeks there will be plenty
of information coming to you all from the CWU about various
parts of the recognition process. Membership is everything
in a recognition campaign, and active membership is
priceless. CWU members in PTF have built this campaign – it
belongs to you and your support is essential. If our
colleagues haven’t yet joined the simplest way for them to
support this campaign is to join now .
The first stage of our recognition campaign
will be a petition that all members and non members can sign
to express their desire for union recognition. This petition
is to demonstrate to the CAC that PTF’s employees do support
a recognition claim. The petition isn’t seen by any
management and can be signed in absolute confidence.
We are all aware of the individual advantage
of being a union member and this would continue without
recognition, but what we all want, is change! Being
organised is not only how we can achieve recognition and
bargaining rights but how we work together to challenge PTF
on issues that matter to us.
Lets not forget that standing together and
supporting each other, can bring about the changes we not
only want, but are long overdue and needed.
Become Part of Our Union Today
We are CWU members at PTF, organising a
union to improve conditions. We want to secure union
recognition so that we can negotiate with the company on
issues that affect us all with the backing of our
independent union, the CWU.
Many of PTF’s clients negotiate with their
own employees’ trades unions including, Amnesty, Age
Concern, Blue Cross, Mind, RSPCA and the NSPCC. We should
also have the same rights.
We believe we have, already, made a
difference at PTF but, we need to improve things further.
That’s why we are asking you to join our union, the CWU, and
get involved in our campaign for recognition.
Union membership costs just
£3.18 per month part time - less than 20 hours a week.
£6.35 per month full time - 20 hours +
Join the Union
Call 0800 731 7434
or download an application form by clicking here
(then send it to the email address on the document)