CBRE pay deal for BTFS transferees out to ballot

Telecoms & Financial Services

Former BTFS members who transferred to CBRE in April are about to be balloted on the first pay deal the CWU has brokered with their new employer.

E-ballot papers will be issued on Monday June 17, with members being urged to accept a performance related pay deal, which delivers an average increase of 2.58 per cent across the CWU-represented bargaining unit.

Full details can be viewed in Letter to Branches No.352/2019 LTB 352/2019 – CBRE Pay Review 2019 – Final Offer  – but, in summary, the performance-related pay offer on the table will result in the overwhelming majority of colleagues who have a ‘good work’ performance rating receiving 2.5 per cent, while ‘brilliant’ performers will receive 3 per cent and those with a ‘work to do’ rating receiving 1.5 per cent.

Customer service advisors at the Doncaster help desk will have their minimum pay uplifted to £18,000 under the proposed settlement – resulting in 34 CSAs receiving an average increase of 4.5 per cent.

The deal also entails the uplifting of the minimum pay of General Technicians (now re-graded ‘ ‘Facility Technicians’ as outlined above) to £19,500, resulting in 51 colleagues receiving average increases of 2.9 per cent.

Commending the deal to members, assistant secretary Sally Bridge said: “Due to the complexity of the TUPE, and a number of operational issue we’ve had to deal with since the transfer became effective on April 1, the 2019 pay review was late in starting – but from the very outset of negotiations the CWU has impressed on CBRE the overwhelming feedback we’ve had from members that the way the pay review has been dealt with in the past was overly-complicated and confusing.

“The CBRE National Team believes we’ve achieved what we set out to do – namely securing a meaningful shift away from the complicated ‘matrix’ system, involving performance-related ‘quartiles’, to a much more simple and straightforward pay increase.

“The deal on the table provides for above average increases for the vast majority of our members and it’s certainly the best that the National Team believes can be achieved by negotiation at this point in time –  so we have no hesitation in asking  all members to vote ‘Yes’.”

The E-ballot closes on June 27, and the result of the ballot will be announced later that day. Assuming members ratify the deal, it will be paid in July salaries – backdated to June 1.

See Letter to Branches No.352/2019 here LTB 352/2019 – CBRE Pay Review 2019 – Final Offer