PCS reps and Atos managers are today meeting in an attempt to resolve pay dispute
PCS reps are today meeting with Atos in an attempt to resolve a pay dispute ahead of Monday’s strike action.
The union 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.
Multi-million pound company Atos, an Olympic sponsor at the centre of the government’s controversial cuts to disability benefits, is refusing to improve a below inflation pay offer or commit to becoming a ‘living wage’ employer.
Managers have now agreed to talk with PCS at ACAS in a bid to stop the strike going ahead.
A spokesperson for PCS said: “The industrial action has not been called off and should these talks break down, we will be on strike on Monday.”
In a recent email to staff, the company’s chief executive Thierry Breton announced Atos was again “on track to achieve all our targets” for revenue and profits, adding: “You can be very proud to have strongly contributed to this success.”
On the Olympics tie-up, he wrote: “The Olympic Games will be an ideal opportunity for us to show to our clients, partners and stakeholders what powering progress is all about. It is our collective responsibility to maximize the benefits of our Olympic Games exposure to showcase Atos at its best in terms of know-how, portfolio and capabilities.”
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “Atos is desperate to bolster its damaged image by its association with the Olympic spirit of hard work and success, but that the reality is that it makes its profits on the backs of its low-paid staff and from taxpayer handouts.
“TV investigations into the company offer an insight into how it is aiding the government’s drive to cut billions of pounds of support for sick and disabled people, and we support all those campaigning against this as well as backing staff fighting for better pay.”
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