United Road Transport Union (URTU)

 

About

URTU is the only specialist road haulage, distribution and logistics trade union in the UK. The Union was first registered in 1890 as the United Carters Association. Over the years the organisation has undergone several name changes before taking its present day title in 1964.

It is a totally independent union and is not affiliated to any political party. URTU is affiliated to a number of trade union umbrella organisations and trade bodies throughout the world. Our influence is particularly strong in member countries of the European Union where we are represented on all the important labour movement committees and within political and government institutions.

Our firm foundations, based on a dedicated and experienced team of staff, will serve the industry well throughout the 21st century.

Our Aims

URTU is a non-political organisation dedicated to advancing the interests of those workers connected with the road haulage, distribution and logistics industry.

It is our intention to improve pay and working conditions throughout the industry.

We want recognition of the vital contribution that the road transport industry and professional drivers in particular, make to the nation’s economy.

We want to ensure all those who employ road haulage, distribution and logistics workers understand their responsibility to provide a safe and healthy working environment.

We want equality of opportunity for both existing workers and those seeking to join the road haulage, distribution and logistics industry regardless of age, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion or creed.

We want to ensure, as far as is practicable, that appropriate opportunities exist in the road haulage, distribution and logistics industry for those who experience any form of disability.


Our Aprouch

Today, URTU is one of the smaller trade union organisations in Britain, shunning the mergers of recent years. URTU is now uniquely the only union dedicated to serving the interests of workers in the road haulage industry (including lorry drivers, forklift truck drivers and warehouse operatives).

URTU is also a totally independent union and is not affiliated to any political party. URTU is affiliated to a number of trade union umbrella organisations and trade bodies throughout the world. Our influence is particularly strong in member countries of the European Union where we are represented on all the important labour movement committees and within political and government institutions.

We are the sole remaining and oldest established road haulage trade union in the UK and our firm foundations, based on a dedicated and experienced team of staff, as well as a growing membership, will serve the industry well throughout the 21st century.

10 Reasons to Join

  • URTU is the UK’s only specialist road haulage, distribution and logistics union.
  • You will be part of an organisation that negotiates improvements to your terms and conditions.
  • Direct access to a URTU Regional Officer to offer support, advice and assist with discipline & grievance cases.
  • Injury compensation cover if you have an accident or contract an industrial disease at work or an injury that results in absence from work. Win or lose, there will be no charge to you. If the claim should fail, the Union will indemnify you against any claim for costs made by the defendants or their insurers.
  • Access to free legal advice.
  • Protection and support should you ever face bullying, harassment or unfair treatment in the workplace.
  • Support to make your workplace a safer environment through your local URTU Health & Safety Representative.
  • Free training courses to keep your skills up to date and improve your knowledge.
  • Have a say in developing our URTU’s direction and policies.
  • Be part of a union that actively promotes equality and tackles all forms of discrimination.

If you work as a driver (HGV / LGV / van / forklift truck driver) or warehouse operative, the URTU is the union for you.

Let us be there to represent you and stand up for your rights


Contributions

Scale A&BF
Monthly: £14.30
Quarterly: £42.90
Half-Yearly: £85.80
Annually: £171.60

Scale A
Monthly: £12.47
Quarterly: £37.40
Half-Yearly: £74.81
Annually: £149.61

Part-Time Scale
Monthly: £6.93
Quarterly: £20.78
Half-Yearly: £41.56
Annually: £83.13

Information about the scales

Scale A+BF
Is for drivers and others. It is the most comprehensive class of membership available with enhanced services for drivers.
Benefits include:

  • Representation
  • Legal Helpline
  • Counselling Helpline
  • Compensation claims
  • Sickness & accident
  • Death benefit
  • Strike and Lock-out
  • Victimisation
  • Wheels Magazine
  • Benevolent Fund
  • Members’ Diary

Scale A
Is for non-driving personnel eg. warehouse
Benefits include:

  • Representation
  • Legal Helpline
  • Counselling Helpline
  • Compensation claims
  • Sickness & accident
  • Death benefit
  • Strike and Lock-out
  • Victimisation
  • Wheels Magazine
  • Members’ Diary

Part-time (P)
Benefits include:

  • Representation
  • Legal Helpline
  • Counselling Helpline
  • Compensation claims
  • Victimisation
  • Wheels Magazine
  • Members’ Diary


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