CWU says Capita TVL contract win should bring pay rise
1st December 2011
The Communication Workers Union (CWU) today urged TV
Licensing services provider Capita to "pay workers a fair and
decent pay rise" as news broke that the company has been
awarded an eight-year contract extension by the BBC. The contract
is worth around £560 million, starting in July 2012, but the
company has been locked in a dispute with staff over pay for the
last few months. Four days of strike action have been taken.
In a statement to employees this morning (Thursday),
"delighted" Capita divisional director Terry
Boynes said to staff: "I would like to take this
opportunity to thank you for your ongoing hard work."
Andy Furey, CWU assistant secretary, said:
"We congratulate Capita on winning the new TV Licensing
contract and urge them to celebrate by giving staff a decent pay
"This win is down to the hard work, professionalism and
dedication of the workforce. It's good to hear Mr Boynes
recognising the contribution of the workforce, but hard-working
staff want him to prove he means it in deeds not just words.
"Only yesterday, hundreds of Capita workers took
their fourth day of strike action in pursuit of a fair pay rise and
I urge Mr Boynes to act now to settle this dispute, use some of the
£560 million that this contract is worth to give the workers a
fair share of the success they have created."
Capita has refused to increase a pay offer worth around 2.6%. Capita makes more than £1 million profit every day and last year gave the CEO and other senior executives a 17% pay rise. Many staff earn just above the minimum wage and are struggling to cover rising food and fuel bills.
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