Unite, the UK’s largest union, has agreed a multi-year pay deal on behalf of over 2,000 workers at luxury carmaker Bentley, in Crewe, Cheshire. As part of the pay deal workers will see their basic hours reduced from 37 hours to 35 hours a week while their pay increases by 6.5 per cent.
The multi-year pay deal which is backdated to 1 January 2017 also sees workers receive a consolidated payment worth £900 over three years.
Over the period of the agreement there will be the potential for members to earn significant bonuses linked to delivery, quality and efficiency.
The reduction in hours will come into effect on 1st January 2019 and will result in no loss of pay. The agreement also provides for an improvement in company sick pay and holiday pay premiums.
Unite members voted in favour of the pay deal by a margin of three to one.
Unite regional officer, Phil Morgan, said: “Members have overwhelmingly supported this pay deal as they recognise that it provides a significant increase in pay as well as a dramatic improvement in conditions.
“This was an important deal for both Unite and Bentley as it allows the company to plan ahead, particularly in relation to new model development and gives members a great deal of security in what is a very uncertain time for car makers.
“By agreeing a multi-year pay deal all sides now know exactly where they stand as we continue with the countdown to Brexit. Without this multi-year pay deal there would inevitability have been an increasing amount of uncertainty, which is what all parties wanted to avoid.”
For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.