Businesslike pay talks deliver 2.5% across-the-board offer from CBRE

Telecoms & Financial Services

Pay negotiations with CBRE have delivered a ‘final’ offer that, if accepted, will see members in the company’s BT Workplace Team receive a fully consolidated 2.5% increase.

The proposed settlement, which covers around 500 buildings and grounds maintenance employees, will be strongly recommended for acceptance by the union’s National Team in an electronic consultative ballot that is currently in the process of being arranged.

Set against a relevant RPI inflation rate of 1.5% in March, the CWU-brokered deal that is on the table represents a real term increase for members in CBRE, most of whom transferred from BT Facilities Services in 2019 under the disputed outsourcing.

Commending the offer to members ahead of the ballot, which is expected to commence in just over a week, CWU national officer for CBRE, Brendan O’Brien, said:  “Following management’s improvement of an earlier 2.3% offer that had been rejected by the union as insufficient, the CWU’s CBRE National Team believes the revised quantum represents a fair and reasonable settlement that compares very favourably with the prevailing level of pay settlements being achieved across the UK economy.

“Despite early indications by management that they are considering introducing some form of performance related pay, there’s no such element in the across-the-board deal we’ve been able to secure this year. The National Team will be determining its response as and when any firm proposals are tabled.

“In the meantime, we hope members concur with our view that the deal for 2021 is an excellent outcome and certainly the best that could be secured by negotiation.”

  • Members in CBRE will be advised of the ballot timetable as soon as it has been finalised.