GMB and America's Largest Union Announce Groundbreaking Alliance
LONDON -- On the first day that shares of the new global security giant Group 4 Securicor were traded on the London Stock Exchange, the GMB and America¡¦s largest union, SEIU, announced today a groundbreaking new alliance to elevate standards throughout the global security industry.
"As the security industry consolidates and companies expand their global reach, unions too are working together in new ways to ensure that professional standards are elevated ¡V not driven down," said GMB General Secretary Kevin Curran. "Our aim is to partner with leading security companies like Group 4 Securicor on both sides of the Atlantic in order to promote public safety, professional standards, and fairness in the workplace."
Today was the first day that Group 4 Securicor, the new company formed by the merger of security giants Group 4 Falck A/S and Securicor plc, was listed on the London Stock Exchange. With 340,000 employees worldwide, Group 4 Securicor is the world¡¦s second largest private security company, operating in 108 countries.
The GMB is the largest security officers union in the UK and SEIU is the largest security officers union in America.
"Private security officers around the world are on the front lines of the war against terrorism,¨ said SEIU International President Andrew L. Stern. "It is urgent that adequate training and professional workplace standards are implemented throughout this industry, throughout the world. We can only achieve our goals, however, if the leading companies and the leading unions work together in cooperation.¨
Group 4 Securicor¡'s American subsidiary, Wackenhut, is undermining cooperative labor-industry efforts to raise private security standards in the U.S.A.
The unions historic alliance will involve combining resources and coordinating strategies in the areas of organizing, collective bargaining, and holding politicians accountable on workers issues.