GMB MEMBERS OVERWHELMINGLY REJECT MINISTRY OF JUSTICE PAY DEAL
GMB considers we expressed our members’ views on these particular points, and others, very strongly throughout the six months of negotiations that led to the offer
GMB, the union for Ministry of Justice staff, has announced members have overwhelmingly rejected a proposed self funding pay deal.
The deal was supposedly worth 11% over five years but for GMB members working in the Legal Aid Agency it would have led to an increase in hours and substantial cuts in pay once pay protection had ended.
Also may other terms and conditions including travel allowance and overtime would have been eroded
A total of 81.6% of members balloted rejected the offer, on a 76% turnout.
GMB adopted a neutral stance throughout the ballot, but members have expressed their dissatisfaction with the deal, which represents a retrograde step for them in terms of pay, conditions and working hours.
Particular concerns are:
· The increase in working hours to 38 represents a real drop in GMB members hourly rate and obviates any notional increase in annual salary.
· The lack of pay protection after the mark time period would result in deep real pay cuts for some which would lead to a substantial negative impact on members Pensions.
· Cuts to expenses, mileage allowance and overtime rates would have again negatively impacted on members take home pay.
· The absence of a guaranteed above inflation increase throughout the 5 year period.
· The absence of any commitment towards a grading review.
George Georgiou, GMB National Officer, said:
“This result confirms our suspicions and reflects the often angrily voiced view of GMB members that this deal represents a retrograde step for them in terms of pay, conditions and working hours.
“We considers that we expressed our members’ very strongly throughout the six months of negotiations that led to the offer but clearly our concerns were not addressed in a manner that satisfied our members who would badly lose out if the deal was implemented in its current form.
“We will meet with management as soon as possible to discuss next steps.”