Metering workers at energy giant, E.on will be striking for 24 hours on Monday (17 December) in a dispute over a sustained erosion to their pay, and terms and conditions.
About 250 Unite members in the east and west midlands, the north west, Cumbria, the south of the country and in Wales will strike from 00:01 on Monday, (17 December). This will be followed by an overtime ban and removal of goodwill from 00:01 on Wednesday, 2 January 2013 until the dispute is resolved.
Unite reassured the public that the emergency service that is offered to customers by the metering service will not be affected and its members will respond to emergency stand-by call-outs.
Unite accused the highly profitable E.on of operating a two-tier pay structure by rewarding its managers with pay rises, while driving down the incomes of the metering staff.
Unite said that the meter fixers have had no consolidated pay increase for three years and this year’s offer, coupled with a reduction in the terms and conditions, averages one per cent.
However, their managers have received consolidated increases in the past two years of between 2.5 per cent and three per cent.
Unite regional officer, Paresh Patel said: “E.on’s management is using the 2012 pay settlement to erode even further our members’ terms and conditions of employment which has seen some members losing up to 2.9 per cent in income within a given year. Length of service holidays are also to be stripped away.
“This dispute is clear and simple. It is about managers getting more each year and the customer facing field metering staff being offered less in real terms – and this is not acceptable, nor fair.”
For further information, please contact regional officers Michael Tuff on 07976535110 and/or Paresh Patel on 0116 253 2020. Unite senior communications officer, Shaun Noble can be contacted on 07768 693940
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.