Unite seeks assurances over Mears and Mitie workforce

Unite is seeking reassurances that its members will be protected after Mears Group agreed to buy Mitie’s social housing repairs and maintenance business.

The union is seeking an urgent meeting with Mears’ management in order to fully understand their short, medium and long-term plans for the company, which announced yesterday that it was to buy Mitie’s social housing repairs and maintenance arm for £35 million.

Unite seeks assurances over Mears and Mitie workforce

Representing workers at both companies, Unite will be seeking further additional guarantees from Mears over and above the legal protection offered to workers by the Transfer of Undertaking Protection of Employment (TUPE) regulations.

Unite action national officer for local authorities, Ian Woodland, said: “It is imperative that Mears comes clean with the workforce over its plans for the company. Whenever a transfer occurs it creates a great deal of uncertainty for the workforce and reassurance needs to be provided.

“Mears need to provide copper bottom assurances that by purchasing Mitie it will not be seeking to make large scale job losses in order to boost short-term profits.

“Unite workers currently employed by Mitie undertake vital housing maintenance work across the UK and the quality of that work and the service that tenants receive must not be reduced as a result of this purchase.”

Scottish Unite regional co-ordinating officer for construction, Steve Dillon, added: “As soon as the purchase was announced members have been in contact as they have genuine fears for the future.

“Both Mears and particularly Mitie have a large number of large ex-local authority contracts in Scotland and those workers in particular are seeking concrete information on what the future holds.

“Unite will be ensuring that all members are given the correct information and that jobs are fully protected. Unite will also be using the announcement to have a fresh membership drive at both companies, in order to ensure that all workers are fully protected in the future.”

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