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Aggregate Industry Wage Claim - 2021/2022

Date: 23/03/2021

Dear GMB Member

Firstly, I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well in this very difficult time.

I write to inform you that GMB and our joint trade union have been negotiating on your behalf to gain an increase in your wages, because of this I am pleased to inform you that from an opening offer of 1% your employer has agreed to offer a 1.5% increase.

This is a full and final offer

GMB and our joint trade union however added two other elements onto the pay claim – namely, increased monetary benefits if redundancies occur and benefits in the case of retirement from work. These were to be discussed during the year in possibly the form of a working party.

Your employer agreed to these elements and notified GMB and our joint trade union accordingly, but then suddenly decided to withdraw these forthwith.

This is and was extremely disappointing.

Yours employers’ main reasons for this is that it would be fundamentally inappropriate to consider discussing redundancy or retirement terms, and that the company does not have jurisdiction in the UK to make decisions relating to Pension or indeed benefits as this is managed at group level.

Furthermore, your employer states that it was very difficult to justify a pay review this year with the parent company, but because of your efforts and the support to which has been given to the business in these difficult times, exception was made for the UK.

Your employer is clear in its opinion that the business is in very difficult times, and likewise very difficult decisions had to be made in the latter part of 2020.

In essence your employer believes that it would be difficult to make the case to group of what they see as further enhancements to benefits, and that this would create significant delays.

Whilst GMB and our joint trade union full time and local plant reps are not at all happy at the way negotiations have been handled – this will be raised with your employer in writing and hopefully by person in future – we are in a position to strongly recommend that you vote YES to accept your employers offer of 1.5%.

This offer is above both CPI and RPI inflation rates and should ensure that GMB and our joint trade union members standard of living – wage wise – is retained.

Many people in the UK due to the pandemic are not going to get an increase at all, in fact the favoured option for many employers at the moment is a pay freeze. And so, with this in mind along with the uncertainty facing businesses, trade unions and indeed everyone, GMB and our joint trade union reiterate that you should vote YES in the forthcoming consultative ballot.

Your employer has advised GMB and our joint trade union that this is a full and final offer.

The ballot will start Wednesday 18 March and conclude on Friday 16 April at noon.

I thank you for your patience on this issue and also genuinely thank you for your continued membership of GMB and our joint trade union.

Yours sincerely

Steve Kemp

GMB National Officer                                                  

 


 

Date: 16/03/2021

Dear GMB Member

Just a quick update on the current situation regarding your pay claim and negotiations with your employer.

The situation currently is that after negotiations held with your employer, they have offered a 1.5% wage rise and that this is a full and final offer.

There are two other elements to the pay claim which we put forward as part of the 2021/22 wage claim namely:

Redundancy Payments

and

Retirement Benefits

Your employer agreed to discuss with the trade unions but has consequently changed their opinion and will not now agree to discuss these two issues.

Your employer has agreed to notify – in writing – the reasons why this is the case and has given a commitment to do this by the end of this week.

When GMB and our joint trade unions receive this correspondence from your employer we will then be in a position to advice you accordingly.

Yours sincerely

Steve Kemp

GMB National Officer

 


 

Date: 02/04/2020

Dear GMB Member

I write to inform you that the recent consultative ballot has taken place and has resulted in the acceptance of the 2.3% put forward for consideration from your employer.

I have notified your employer of this and they have agreed to implement this forthwith.

I thank you and your local GMB reps for their help and assistance which was at times a difficult negotiation in extremely difficult times.

Thank you for your continued membership of GMB trade union it’s genuinely appreciated.

Stay - and above all else - work safe.

Best wishes to you and your families.

Yours in solidarity

Steve Kemp

GMB National Officer

 
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