Union merger could be good news for IT workers

The IT industry's two main trade unions are set to merge at the start of April. The move will be followed by a recruitment drive...

The IT industry's two main trade unions are set to merge at the start of April. The move will be followed by a recruitment drive for IT sector members.

Daniel Thomas

The merger between the Amalgamated and Electrical Union (AEEU) and the Manufacturing Science Finance Union (MSF) will create an organisation with an annual income of over £60m and assets of over £100m.

The union will have a recruitment budget of over £1m in the first year, and it plans to recruit a million new members, according to Brian Harris, a spokesman for the MSF. Harris said that the IT industry will be a key source of new members, as it is one of the fastest growing industry sectors.

Explaining what the union could offer to ITprofessionals, Harris said, "IT is still not seen as a core part of the business. The union would lobby for more respect for IT staff and better terms and conditions."

The union will also tackle members' concerns over the Government's controversial Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIP) Act.

"Privacy at work is a big issue for IT staff who spend most of their time on computers. The union would address issues such as the RIP Act, which we at the MSF are not happy with," said Harris.

daniel.thomas@rbi.co.uk

This was last published in March 2001

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