Manchester: Reminder about pay deadline

So far only about 40 of the 850 people in the bargaining unit have followed UNITE’s advice on pay shortfalls. If you are one of the other 800+ you risk losing out on pay unless you act now – the deadline is fast approaching.
Nearly 200 people lost out on pay last year by failing to follow UNITE’s advice – will you learn from their mistake?
This applies to you even if you think your pay rise was correct.

UNITE is advising all employees in the Manchester bargaining unit that in order to avoid the risk of losing out on pay, you should submit a query to HR Direct, copying UNITE even if you think your rise is correct. You should do this no later than two months after the date you received your pay review letter. This deadline should be no earlier than 16th October, but please submit your query as soon as possible. Example query:

I understand that there are shortfalls in the pay rises the company implemented on 1st August 2011 and that the Manchester Pay And Benefits Agreement says “If, due to any miscalculation, the company has spent less than agreed on any of the elements of the pay review (cost of living, matrices, discretion), the Company will discuss this with Unite and agree how to spend the remaining money on employees”.

In accordance with section 16 of the Manchester Pay And Benefits Agreement I am registering a query now to ensure I do not lose my right to any additional money when pay rises are corrected.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

Further information is available here including a downloadable appeal for support leaflet and how to donate to our strike fund.

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