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Campaign wins union rights for City security guards

Issue No. 2018

Security guards in the T&G union who work at investment bank Goldman Sachs in the City of London have won a groundbreaking union recognition deal. The workers, who are employed by security firm Knightsbridge Guarding, were awarded recognition by the Central Arbitration Committee on Tuesday of last week.

Keiron Pyne, a T&G steward at the company, told Socialist Worker that he was delighted with the result.

“It has been a long campaign,” he said, “and the success is a real tribute to the union, the other stewards and above all the workers who have been joining the union to make sure that this is a success.

“In just over a year we have more than doubled union membership and now around 75 percent of security guards - around 120 workers - are in the union. That number is still going up.”

The T&G hopes that this will be the start of a campaign to unionise low paid workers and security staff across the financial sector. “The majority of the security industry is made up of contracted workers with little rights or security,” said Keiron.

“We hope this recognition will be a catalyst for other workers in security and other contracted workers in general to fight for trade union recognition in order to have a democratic voice and respect in the workplace.”

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Sat 16 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2018
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