Job security for O2 retail staff

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The CWU has secured a commitment from mobile giant O2 that the principles and spirit of TUPE legislation is adhered to as plans to franchise 82 of their 450 stores get underway.

Following the shock announcement in October last year, CWU negotiators have been hard at work to ensure a consistent solution for some 400 retail assistants due to be affected by the company's franchising decision, irrespective of their new employer.

Although the business is still searching for franchisees, the union has confirmed a number of minimum requirements that any new employer will adhere to in order to match Telefonica terms and conditions of employment. These include:

  • Basic salary
  • Contractual working hours and patterns
  • ATCs currently paid
  • Location allowances
  • Current holiday entitlement
  • Entitlement to participate in commission scheme
  • Public holidays
  • Notice period
  • Pay and pension protection
  • Premiums/bank holidays/Sunday hours
  • Redundancy terms
  • LOS holiday entitlement
  • Life assurance
  • Personal accident assurance
  • Death in service
  • Entitlement to participant in company pension scheme
  • Sick pay
  • Spirit points
  • 30 x friends and family 30% discount
  • Staff offers (£20 a month)

Sally Bridge
Discussions on union recognition, pay progression and policies including performance management and flexible benefits are ongoing.

Commenting, CWU assistant secretary Sally Bridge said: "We will continue to work with the business to ensure that the principles and spirit of the TUPE legislation is adhered to with the aim of finding an approach which is non detrimental to the terms and conditions of the members and employees remuneration and working conditions."

For more information read: Pre-Christmas betrayal of O2 store staff and the latest briefing for members in O2 retail.

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