Rolls-Royce managers in talks over union recognition

A union has claimed it is in talks with over 2,000 managers at Rolls-Royce in the region with a view to representing them.

The Unite union says it was approached by managers from the manufacturing giant’s Derby and Hucknall plants for talks about entering into trade union recognition.

Unite said that the managers approached the union as they felt that they needed a voice in the workplace and had seen the effective way the union had represented the employees they managed.

Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands Paresh Patel said: “This is a historic moment. The agreement would cover managers across all business areas from procurement to engineering.

“The managers, after careful consideration, decided that they needed a collective voice in their employment relationship with the company.

“We hope to build on this solid foundation both in Rolls-Royce across the UK, as well as at other aerospace companies in the East Midlands.”

Unite regional officer Tony Tinley said: “I am very proud that these managers have chosen Unite to be the vehicle for this progressive move. We look forward to a constructive dialogue representing the interests of the managers to the company once the talks have concluded.”