East Sussex School Chefs Employed By Contractor Compass Face 9% Pay Cut
Many of these are single mums already struggling and to lose £60 per month is quite frankly an appalling proposal and must be withdrawn and Compass must see sense says GMB.
Chefs in schools across East Sussex employed by Chartwells face a potential loss of £720 per year on a salary of less than £8,000. The cut amounts to 9%.
Chartwells is part of the Compass Group UK & Ireland which has over 60,000 employees and works in over 10,000 client sites with over £1.9bn turnover. Chartwells provide catering services to over 1500 primary schools, including 13LEA contracts.
Rachel Verdin, GMB Regional Organiser, said “Committed and hardworking staff employed by Compass responsible for cooking the food our children eat have had enough. Many of these workers are single mums already struggling and to lose £60 per month is quite frankly an appalling proposal and must be withdrawn.
After three consecutive years of pay freezes their wages at £6.66 per hour are barely above the National Minimum Wage.
The 9 % pay cut they now face is on top of the effect of inflation and has pushed chefs to breaking point. The consultation over this proposed change has also highlighted that chefs will fall below the level required to be part of the pension scheme.
GMB is hoping that Compass come back to the table with something to offer. I am warning Compass they’ve bitten of more than they can chew with this latest attack on wages.
Expansion of free school meals in September will be a shambles if existing staff are not treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, that includes paying them a reasonable wage for the vital job they do. The differentiation in pay with the kitchen assistants is being eroded year on year as the National Minimum Wage goes up and chefs get nothing. I hope Compass will see sense."
Contact: Rachel Verdin 07931796733 or 01273 570126 of GMB press office 07921 289880