08 March 2017

Overwhelming ‘yes’ to Airwave pay deal

Members in Airwave have overwhelmingly accepted a 2 per cent pay increase that combines with a series of benefits secured in a recent harmonisation deal to provide a significant boost to salaries from April 1.

On an 80.77 per cent turnout, 95 per cent of members at the secure communications provider voted in favour of the fully consolidated rise in an electronic ballot that closed yesterday.

The deal flows through to on-call and shift allowances, applies to two facilities engineers and one facilities assistant who were not previously included in the bargaining unit and also benefits staff currently paid above the G2 salary maximum, so long as their salary was deemed ‘protected’ under the ‘Securing Tomorrow’ agreement .

Despite strenuous efforts by the CWU the 2 per cent rise does not apply to a small number of individuals currently paid above the salary maximum for their role who do not have a protected salary - but they still benefit from the provisions of December’s harmonisation deal set out below:

  • The 60 staff who have chosen to keep 30 days of annual leave entitlement  stipulated under their old Airwave contracts receive an additional two weeks salary, worth an additional 1.92 per cent on salary
  • 67 staff who’ve opted to move to Motorola’s standard 25 days of annual leave entitlement receive an additional two weeks salary worth 3.85 per cent
  • Pay progression rises ranging from an additional 1-15 per cent stemming from the CWU’s determination to ensure that no transferring member of staff were adversely affected by Motorola’s decision to so away with formal six-monthly performance management appraisals that, under Airwave, provided a mechanism for fast-tracked pay progression.

CWU assistant secretary John East explains: “While the headline salary increase of 2 per cent received by the vast majority of our members in Airwave as a result of the 2017 pay review is a little below the relevant RPI rate of 2.5 per cent, it needs to be considered in the context of other changes that have provided for significant salary increases.

“The fact is that some people will be getting 2 per cent plus 3.85 per cent plus 15 per cent on April 1 - and, going by the latest ballot result, that achievement has clearly been recognised by members.”

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