Atos – a major sponsor of the London Olympics – had refused to improve a below inflation pay offer despite 76% vote for strike action

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A strike planned for Monday by hundreds of PCS members at Atos IT and Healthcare suspended after talks at the conciliation service Acas produced an improved pay offer.

The company – a major sponsor of the London Olympics – had refused to improve a below inflation pay offer or commit to becoming a ‘living wage’ employer, despite a 76% vote for strike action on the issue.

The agreement after two days of talks earlier this week provides for:

– An immediate payment of the living wage (£7.20 an hour, £8.30 in London) for those with more than three months’ service, backdated to
July;

– A 2% pay rise for those staff (excluding management) earning above the living wage in April 2013. There will also be the usual pay talks for future years;

– A £320 non-consolidated payment to Atos IT Services staff and £100 for Healthcare staff, to compensate for moving the pay date from January to April;

– A PCS and Atos working party on development of a more transparent appraisal system;

– The development of a joint PCS and Atos plan to promote respect, dignity and fair treatment for all workers.

A PCS source said: “We’re really pleased for our members who stood firm when Atos was
digging its heels in and refusing to meet what were very reasonable demands.

“Clearly the strong vote in the ballot and the threat of strikes were significant factors in focusing management’s minds.

“We’re now obviously keen to ensure we build on these gains.”

PCS represents more than 1,600 workers across Atos Healthcare – the division with the contract to run work capability assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions – and Atos IT Services.


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