The pay settlement for nearly 500 workers at EDF Energy, achieved after three days of strike action, has been hailed as ‘a great victory’ by Unite, the country’s largest union.
As well as the strikes, the workers, who install meters and deal with alleged electricity theft, in the London, south eastern, south west and eastern regions also staged selective industrial action in the three-pronged dispute.
Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said: “This is a great victory for Unite members at EDF Energy. The improved offer is the result of our members standing together and taking strike action and threatening more action, if an improved offer was not delivered.
“The company will now know that we are serious when we say that Unite will take action. They need to heed the warning and make our members a decent offer for 2014.
“The campaign gained much public sympathy as we captured the fact that this company makes inflation-busting energy price hikes, while refusing to keep wages up with inflation.”
The dispute had three elements:
• 2013 pay offer of two per cent and a non-consolidated, one off payment of £200 for the year April 2013 to April 2014
• South eastern pay. This was due to be resolved in the 2012 agreement. The employers agreed to look at the pay difference between this group and London colleagues – but had not done so
• Eastern revenue protection team. Having signed the 2012 agreement, EDF then said that it could not afford to pay it to this group of workers.
But Unite said the settlement now included:
• An increased lump sum of up to £480 across the board, along with the two per cent pay increase offer backdated to April 2013
• An additional offer for south eastern members to start dealing with pay differentials
• EDF also agreed to begin discussions for the 2014 pay deal immediately.
• The employers improved the offer for the eastern revenue protection team which means that full earnings count as salary and not a proportion as ‘additional payments’.
The EDF centres covered by this settlement are at: Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent, BA6 8ET; Georgiana Street, London, NW1 0QS; Three Bridges, Crawley, RH10 1QQ; Clarence Road, Speedwell, Bristol, BS15 1NT; Osprey Road, Exeter, EX2 7WN; Exeter Business Park, Exeter, EX1 3UT; and Outland Road, Plymouth, PL3 5TU.
For further information please contact Unite regional officer Onay Kasab on 07771 818 637 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
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.