Nearly 500 workers at EDF Energy are taking strike action today (Tuesday 6 May) and on Thursday 8 May in a dispute over pay.
Unite says the dispute is causing delays in fixing and installing meters for customers. Revenue protection is also affected – as the workers on strike include those dealing with business owners and private customers who are allegedly fiddling and stealing electricity.
Unite members at EDF in London, south east, eastern and the south are striking because of the employer’s continued failure to implement a 2012 pay agreement and because of a two per cent pay offer for 2013 that fails to take account of the true cost of living .
At first the employer claimed that it had got the figures wrong and not realised how much its 2012 pay agreement would cost. If this were not bad enough, it then admitted that it only signed the agreement to avoid a strike and had no intention of honouring it.
Unite warned that further action could be on the cards, unless managers from the highly profitable EDF negotiate in a constructive fashion.
A total of 486 employees, members of Unite, were balloted in the London, south eastern, south west and eastern regions. They voted by the large margin of 77 percent to take strike action and by 88 per cent for industrial action short of a strike.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “Strike action is already causing disruption across the capital, the south east, south west and the east of England. More industrial action is on the cards unless the management of this highly profitable company engage in constructive talks.
“Workers are taking action because EDF is refusing to honour an agreement signed in 2012 and to make matters even worse the company is offering a pay deal for 2013 which does not even keep up with the rising costs of living.
“We urge EDF to return to the negotiating table, honour its agreements and reach a fair deal for workers who deserve to have their contribution to the success of the business recognised.”
For further information please contact Unite regional officer Onay Kasab on 07771 818 637 or Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 693 940
Notes to editors:
The EDF centres that will be affected by the strikes are at: Heath House, 255 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent, BA6 8ET; Bangor Wharf, Georgiana Street, London, NW1 0QS; Atlantic House, Henson Road, Three Bridges, Crawley, RH10 1QQ; Unit 7, Anglo Office Park, Clarence Road, Speedwell, Bristol, BS15 1NT; Osprey House, Osprey Road, Exeter, EX2 7WN; Gadeon House, Grenadier Road, Exeter Business Park, Exeter, EX1 3UT; and 334 Outland Road, Plymouth, PL3 5TU.
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.