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17th January 2020, 16:10

12 months on, Unite proud of progress on fighting insecure employment practices, but wants further progress in 2020

Unite the union says its members can be proud of the progress on fighting insecure employment practices since the protest march attended by 2000 people at this time last year.

The union successfully campaigned for the reintroduction of a twelve-week qualifying period for pay parity for agency workers.

Since the demonstration one year ago, parity of pay from day one has been introduced in the public sector. Unite says this is being broadly delivered, with a few exceptions resolved by the union by securing parity and back pay.

According to Unite, since the initial conversion of agency roles into permanent roles, many other agency workers have been engaged into the public sector, either on permanent contracts, or on fixed-term contracts to cover genuine absences.

However, Unite's National Officer, Stuart Davies, says there is still work to be done to achieve the fifteen-point "manifesto for change" presented by the union to the Chief Minister.

He told our reporter Jonathan Scott it's vitally important that Unite makes further progress on these employment matters in 2020.