GMB To Ballot Members Employed By EDF In Energy Field Services, Technical And Engineering Departments For Strike Action In Pay Dispute
All EDF staff contribute towards the profitability of the company so members should get a better pay offer says GMB
GMB, the union for staff in the energy sector, is to hold an official strike ballot for members employed by EDF in a dispute over pay. The ballot opens on Friday 4th April and the ballot will close on Thursday 17th April.
83% of GMB members voted to overwhelmingly reject an offer of 2.0% on basic salaries and associated allowances in the collective agreements (including Standby), effective from 1 April 2013 plus a one-off cash payment of £200 per person, subject to tax and national insurance contributions. No offer has been made for 2014.
Nick Day GMB Regional Officer said “The offer from the company for 2013 for staff in these EDF departments is 1.2% below inflation.
GMB members in the Nuclear Section of EDF got a better offer. They were offered a 2.5% rise with a one-off cash payment of £450 per person for 2013.
GMB believes that all EDF staff contribute towards the profitability of the company so these members should get a better pay offer.
Members in Energy Field Services are also concerned over the outsourcing of their work to G4S without any consultation and a proposed ‘two-tier’ workforce for smart metering.
There appears to be a very serious problem with the management culture in Energy Field Services leading to questions being raised at the last Company Council level about relations with unions.
GMB takes any threat to our members wherever they work in EDF very seriously. Any dispute in Energy Field Services has very serious implications for relations with GMB in the transition to the single Customer business unit.”
Contact Nick Day 07717 510047 or Eamonn Large 07985 961248 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823