CWU hails “really positive” result and now turns to saving jobs
The ballot, which resulted in a 93% ‘Yes’ vote, brings to an end a dispute that saw hundreds of workers take strike action before Christmas for fair pay and against the threat of widespread compulsory redundancies.
Admin and supply chain workers’ January pay packets will include a fully consolidated 2.1% increase, backdated to April 2014, and in supply chain, staff are set to benefit further in the coming months from lump-sum payments of £1,400 (pro-rata for part-time) linked to duty revisions.
Further scheduled pay increases this year and next year will see salaries rise by almost 6% cent over the lifetime of the deal.
The company is still seeking significant job reductions, but the agreement includes a joint statement that the avoidance of compulsory redundancies is the “over-arching objective” and in accordance with this, a joint preference exercise is under way in line with agreed MTSF procedures to seek to ensure this is achieved through voluntary redundancy and redeployment.
CWU deputy general secretary Dave Ward said: “We are pleased at this overwhelming endorsement of the agreement reached, a deal that was reached thanks to the strength and determination of our members and which turned the company’s approach around.
“This union will continue to stand squarely in opposition to compulsory redundancies.”
Assistant secretary Andy Furey said: “This is a really positive result that places the union’s members in a strengthened position going forward. We’ve now got to ensure through meaningful engagement that there are no compulsory redundancies and I am confident with the major safeguards negotiated that this will be the case.
“Well done to our members for their solidarity and support. We’ve moved the company a long way and now we need to take this forward.”
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