Advance (trade union)
|Founded||1944 (as Abbey National Staff Association)|
|Affiliation||TUC, STUC, Alliance for Finance|
|Key people||Linda Rolph, General Secretary|
|Office location||Tring, England|
Advance is a certified, independent trade union affiliated to the TUC representing workers within the bank Santander UK, the UK subsidiary of Santander Group. The union was formerly known as The Abbey National Group Union (ANGU) before it expanded to include staff of Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley following their acquisitions by Santander. Its aims are the supporting and representing its members in all aspects of their employment.
The current General Secretary is Linda Rolph, and it has its Head Office in Tring, Hertfordshire, with a current membership of 8,063. Of its total expenditure in 2008 of £631,230, £161,194 was spent on services to directly to members.
The union organises various levels of representative, members holding 'lay positions' (i.e. unpaid, and additional to work duties). These are: Office representative; Area representative; Health & Safety representative; Lifelong Learning representative; and NEC representative.
In 2001 concerns had been raised about whether the union was 'genuinely independent' of the Abbey National plc, however, following enquiries, the Certification Officer confirmed its status without the need for a formal review.
In 2002, the union changed its name from the Abbey National Staff Association to ANGU. It was renamed Advance in 2009 after the acquisition of Alliance & Leicester by the Santander Group. Later in the year, the Union for Bradford and Bingley Staff and Associated Companies merged with Advance after Santander bought the branches and savings business of Bradford & Bingley.
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