Employees have now started receiving confirmation of their 2012 pay rises. Once again, the pay deal in Manchester is better than the standard one elsewhere, for example everyone with a PAC rating better than ‘U’ will get a rise.
It is important that you check that the rise you have been given is no lower than that guaranteed by the Manchester Pay and Benefits Agreement. To help you do this, UNITE has produced a spreadsheet checker tool and made it available on CafeVIK here.
The agreement requires you to submit any query about your pay review in writing within two months of being notified, otherwise you will generally lose the right to any additional pay increase. [the original notice included details of where to send your query] 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 21st October 2012, but please submit your query as soon as possible.
Example query (enter the appropriate figures where highlighted):
I do not believe that my pay rise has been calculated in accordance with the Manchester Pay And Benefits Agreement. In accordance with section 16 of that agreement I am registering a query now to ensure I do not lose my right to my pay rise being corrected.
I have been awarded a pay rise of £amount taking my salary to £amount. According to the Agreement I believe my rise should have been £amount taking my salary to £amount
In previous years there have been cases of employees receiving lower pay rises than they were entitled to, and UNITE has been successful in helping members resolve these, including back-pay.
If you’re not already a UNITE member please join. The more members we have, the better our prospects will be of being able to negotiate further improvements around pay and conditions.
UNITE Manchester pay & benefits team: