Samaritans statement regarding UNITE the Union

Catherine Johnstone, Chief Executive of Samaritans, said:
 
“We are very disappointed that Unite have come out today and announced that Samaritans has ‘de-recognised the Union’.
 
"It is surprising to us that this statement has been issued, as it is our impression that we have been working together with Unite in order to put in place an appropriate new Voluntary Recognition Agreement that accurately reflects the needs of the organisation in the context of the number of staff that are members of the Union, which we believe to be quite low.
 
“Samaritans believes it is important that all staff are treated fairly and equally, and have had membership with a union since 2005.”