All employees in the bargaining unit should have received the notification from the company of their 2012 pay rise in an email from the “HR Pay Manager” mailbox around 21st August. As usual, the pay deal in Manchester is better than the standard one elsewhere, for example everyone with a PAC rating better than a ‘U’ should have received a pay 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.
As an additional aid for UNITE members only, reps will be available to help members check their pay rises between 2pm and 4pm on Thursday 13th September. Please contact us to book a 10-minute appointment. When you come please bring along the information needed to check your pay rise:
- Your annual salary prior to 1st August 2012
- Your contractual weekly hours (e.g. 37, 40)
- Which part of the organisation you are in (specifically, are you in “Engineering Services” or “Region 1 Service Desks”?)
- Your professional community role code (specifically, are you TSS/1, TSS/2 or TSM/1?)
- Your 2012 Performance Appraisal Category (PAC)
- Only required for Service Desks staff: The annual amount of any disturbance allowance you have had consolidated into your basic pay in 2007 or since
Much of this information is available from Your HR. You may find it convenient to print off and bring along the email from the “HR Pay Manager” mailbox that informed you of your pay rise.
The agreement requires you to submit any query about your pay review in writing within two months of being notified of your rise, otherwise you will generally lose the right to any additional pay increase. To do this, you should submit a query to firstname.lastname@example.org, copying email@example.com. 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 youre 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: