Nestlé Noticeboard

Nestle Joint Union Pay Negotiations

Date: 27/07/2020


The Company and Trade Union met on Wednesday 22 July to reconvene pay talks for 2020.

Although our annual pay negotiation process has been adjourned for some months, both parties recognised the extensive dialogue that had taken place in respect to the COVID-19 response in relation to safe working practices in our factories, recognition payments, support for our vulnerable people, our clinically extremely vulnerable people and the operation of the discretionary sick pay scheme.

The hard work, commitment and support of our people was recognised as outstanding throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Together our people have kept our factories running and supplied the nation throughout this difficult time. Both parties echoed their thanks for the huge level of support.

The Trade Unions recognised Nestlé’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as industry leading and both parties acknowledged the excellent collaboration and joint working that made this possible.

The Company provided information to the Trade Union on the increased costs due to COVID-19 including absence and associated impact on factory performance and also the costs of recognition payments made to our people and third party contractors. We remain in exceptional times and the Company has made a proposal to the Trade Union to continue discretionary company sick pay for a further twelve month period. This proposal would be covered by an overarching agreement that exists between the Company and Trade Union already. This agreement is a binding commitment that changes made due to the COVID-19 pandemic cannot be regarded as permanent and in no way set a precedent for the future.

The proposal to extend our discretionary sick pay scheme is due to the high absence costs for this year and the focus placed by the Trade Union on protecting our industry leading sick pay scheme for the longer term. Any extension to the proposed discretionary sick pay scheme would continue to be subject to joint collaboration between the Company and the Trade Union. We have found in the operation of the scheme so far that the overwhelming majority of company sick pay claims are approved.

The Company and Trade Union also had constructive talks on increases to rates of pay with both parties in agreement that we would like to make progress quickly.

The Trade Union have informed the Company that they intend to consult their membership with respect to the proposal for discretionary sick pay to be in place for a further twelve months.

Pay talks will reconvene once this has taken place. 


National Forum Pay Negotiation Team 



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