Our Partnership with Amicus
The Partnership Agreement with Amicus is an important part of the Legal & General culture. It sets out the basis of our relationship: shared and open access to information and early participation in the decision-making process in areas of shared interest. The key objectives of this Agreement are:
- To work together to further the success of the business by enabling a flexible approach in a time of rapid and continuous change
- To work together in a spirit of mutual confidence, partnership and co-operation, both formally and informally
- To achieve fairness and equality in the treatment of employees, including transparent pay systems, contractual provisions that encourage equal treatment regardless of background or personal circumstances, and access to good vocational training and development.
Legal & General funds three full-time Amicus secondees, and there are also around forty part-time Amicus representatives, whose role is to embed the Partnership throughout the Company. We actively support the recruitment of new union members.
Consultation with Amicus takes place on a formal basis via meetings, which are either held jointly, or at which Amicus is represented. These include Partnership Consultation meetings, which cover key business initiatives and trading information as well as 'business as usual' issues, and joint monthly Remuneration meetings. Amicus is represented at all Health and Safety Committee meetings and on the CSR Committee. Consultation also takes place informally between managers and their local union representatives. Each main site has a Partnership in Action Group to embed partnership working at a local level. As at 31 December 2005, over 40% of UK employees were members of Amicus.
All managers with people management responsibility attend Partnership Workshops as part of their management development, and guidelines are given for the inclusion of an objective for Partnership working in their job descriptions and performance reviews.
Working in Partnership with Amicus ensures our employment policies and practices are sound and appropriate to our business.