On Friday UNITE circulated to members the company’s initial “firm offer” on pay for the Manchester bargaining unit, and asked them to vote to accept or reject it.
Members have overwhelmingly decided to reject this initial offer. Talks will resume at stage two of the agreed procedure on Thursday. The company has assured UNITE that there is still ample time to reach an agreement which can be implemented in the April pay packet.
If you haven’t already done so, please complete and return our latest pay survey.
UNITE has complained to the company about some managers and HR continuing to spread false information about the pay review, despite the joint notice that was sent out by Communicating on 26th January in response to the initial incidents. A key section of this notice read:
For the avoidance of doubt for those in the bargaining unit, there will be a pay review for you, it will be carried out by your manager and increases will be effective from the same date as those outside the bargaining unit.
As stated in the Recognition Agreement, the company and the union are committed to encouraging effective relationships between each employee and their manager, between union members and their representatives, and between the company and the union. The Company recognises the benefits of collective bargaining as an efficient and effective mechanism for dealing with issues that affect groups of employees.
The company has committed to ensuring that its managers and HR team act in accordance with this approach, and to actively policing compliance.
Don’t forget that there will be further sessions (open to all employees) to report back on the progress of negotiations:
Wednesday 18 February, 34GCR2. Sessions 12-1pm and 1-2pm.