UNISON and has signed a recognition agreement with the anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust.
The union has 46 members at the charity, mainly office and home-based staff across the UK.
Throughout the cost of living scandal, the UK’s use of food banks has escalated dramatically. The trust handed out almost three million emergency food parcels in the year between April 2022 and March 2023, more than ever before. Almost one million of those went to children.
It also estimates that one in five working people are now using food banks.
So the recognition agreement has been made between a union and employer that share a common purpose of ending the need for food banks in the UK, while supporting food banks to help people in crisis for as long as they are needed.
UNISON national officer Andrew Dobbie said today: “We have worked closely over several months with the employer to conclude this agreement.
“And we look forward to a productive relationship, including seeking out opportunities to collaborate on policy issues as The Trussell Trust campaigns for effective measures to tackle food poverty, as well as carrying out its vital food bank work.”
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