Pay 2008 in Manchester

The guidelines managers across the UK will be using to carry out the 1st April pay review are available on CafeVIK and we encourage all members to read them carefully to help you argue your case with your line manager.
In line with members’ decision at the meeting on 29th November, UNITE did not submit a Manchester pay claim this year, but instead is focussing on ensuring the best possible implementation of the agreements we have already secured.
Though no claim means no formal pay negotiations, this doesn’t mean your reps aren’t meeting management and discussing the issues. We’re pleased to report that the pay scales applying to helpdesk staff in Manchester are being increased.
(The original email notice included these scales)
All helpdesk staff in the Manchester bargaining unit will get an increase of at least £150 per year (pro-rata for part timers).
While these increases are hardly going to bring helpdesk staff into line with Fujitsu Services’ highest paid director, whose package was worth £1.8m last year, it’s worth remembering that this is only the second time that the D1-4 scales have been increased at all since they were introduced nearly a decade ago. Would this have happened without the consolidated disturbance allowance and our extra rise in October?
Your reps have discussed with the company how to deal fairly with the differences in basic pay arising from the consolidation of disturbance allowances.
For helpdesk staff in the bargaining unit, the consolidated disturbance allowances will be completely set aside this year when comparing individual salaries with peers or with pay scales.
For the bargaining unit as a whole, UNITE reps have provided input into additional pay review guidelines for managers, which are intended to ensure that existing agreements are properly taken into account. UNITE has published these additional Manchester guidelines for your reference. The guidelines cover many important points, including how consolidated disturbance allowances will be handled.

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