Unite round on QinetiQ

UNITE, the UK’s largest union, has accused QinetiQ, the company that provides scientific and technical backup to the Ministry of Defence, of union-busting, after its announcement on Tuesday (February 21) that it is terminating recognition with all its recognised trade unions with effect from 31 March.

Commenting on the announcement Unite assistant general secretary, Gail Cartmail, said: “Unite will not take this lying down. QinetiQ workers want union recognition and they will fight to retain it. We will support our members all the way in this struggle and will pull out all the stops to ensure that QinetiQ reverses this decision.

“For our members this is vitally important as they know that without the union in their workplace, their employer will be able to dictate terms and conditions - this is clearly unacceptable. Unite will shortly be calling a meeting of all reps to discuss how we can defend these long-standing agreements and ensure union recognition remains.”