SPS pay offer worth a minimum of 10.1% for all out to ballot

Telecoms & Financial Services, SPS

Members working for SPS (formerly known as Swiss Post Solutions) in BT mailrooms whose roles are in scope of the Recognition Agreement for the purpose of pay negotiations are being urged to accept fully consolidated pay rises worth 13.5% for those paid under £11 an hour – and 10.1% for everyone else.

Electronic voting forms were emailed to all CWU members covered by SPS’s ‘full and final’ offer yesterday (Wednesday) – with members now having two weeks to decide whether to accept the CWU-brokered deal.

CWU national officer Tracey Fussey told CWU News: “As members will be aware, SPS took the decision to apply the uplift to the Government’s confusingly re-branded ‘Living Wage’ (actually the legal minimum wage) early, resulting an increase to £10.42 that was paid to eligible employees from January 1 this year rather than in April as required by law.

“As such, the pay offer is inclusive of the Living Wage, which has already been paid, and represents the total award.

Thanking members for their “patience and support throughout the negotiations”, Tracey concludes: “The CWU believes this final offer is the very best that can be achieved through negotiation, and therefore strongly recommends acceptance. We’re pleased that we’ve been able to agree increases that will make a substantial financial difference to our members.”

 The consultative ballot now underway will run until 10am on Wednesday June 21, with the result being announced later that day.