Over 105 members of Unite working for South West Water will be starting an overtime ban on Saturday (16 July) in a dispute over pay.
The workers, located at water treatment works across the south west are taking industrial action short of a strike after rejecting the company’s latest pay offer of 1.8 per cent plus £120 unconsolidated lump sum.
The action follows prolonged pay negotiations which included the involvement of the conciliation service Acas and resulted in the company refusing to fully address the concerns of members who have had to endure below inflation pay rises for successive years.
Commenting Unite regional office Matt Tipper said: “After years of receiving below inflation pay rises coupled with attacks to their terms and conditions our members have decided enough is enough.
“They have seen their terms and conditions stagnate while South West Water’s profits have soared and directors’ pay continues to balloon above the rate of inflation. The South West Water workforce feels completely devalued and demeaned.
“The employer’s failure to find a resolution to this issue, despite the use of Acas, demonstrates that it has either lost touch with it employees or views them with complete contempt. South West Water needs to get back around the table and negotiate a pay settlement that recognises the vital contribution of our members to the company’s success.”
For further information please contact Unite regional officer Matt Tipper on 01452 223440 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 07967 665869.
Notes to editors
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.