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South West Water Pay Dispute

Friday, July 15, 2016

South West Water Workers To Take Industrial Action Over Pay

It is regrettable that South West Water appears to be concentrating their efforts on undermining the lawful industrial action of our members says GMB.

GMB members at South West Water will take industrial action for the first time in over 30 years as part of a long-running dispute over pay. A continuous ban on overtime will take place from midnight tonight.

GMB members rejected the company’s offer of 1.8% as well as an eleventh-hour offer of a one-off payment of £120 per employee. GMB has heard reports of members being called into meetings with management to be questioned regarding their support for lawfully balloted industrial action, changing sickness procedures and placing restrictions on leave and use of vehicles .

Workers at South West Water have received years of disappointing pay rises and cuts to pensions. Customers in the south west of England have the highest average water bills in the UK. South West Water has seen profits soar in recent years and has some of the highest average water prices in the country.

Katherine Darcy, GMB regional officer, said "It is regrettable that South West Water appears to be concentrating their efforts on undermining the lawful industrial action of our members rather than trying to resolve this dispute. This is a workforce that has been loyal and hardworking and hasn't taken any industrial action for 30 years.

The position the company appears to be taking with our members  will only harden their resolve and make it harder in the long run for this dispute to be settled. We remain open to talks with the employer at any time to resolve this dispute but GMB will not stand idly by while our members are treated poorly."

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Contact: Katherine Darcy on 01752 660219 or Stuart Fegan 07912 890434 or GMB press office on 07970 863411

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