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Back Pay Icing on the Cake at Serco

« Back to News Articles Back Pay Icing on the Cake at Serco

It has been a long hard fought bargaining round

As we went to press a revised pay and conditions offer from Serco was about to be put to the vote.

Our Serco members had previously rejected what the company insisted was its final offer when a secret ballot was conducted in February.

It was knocked back by the narrowest of margins 51% NO to 49% YES.

TWU’s feedback indicated the main sticking points were probably the firm’s refusal to back pay to 1st August 2014 among a litany of other conditions.

Serco had only offered to back pay the first 3.1% pay rise to December 1.

A lot of our Serco members were also unhappy with the agreements second and third pay rises being based on the Wage Price Index.

The Index is currently running at just on 2.75%.

We warned Serco about these issues and the ballot proved us correct.

Ongoing talks with Serco’s hierarchy and movement on some of the key issues in dispute have brought us closer to a settlement.

Now, if the vote gets up the first 3.1% pay rise will be backpaid to August 1

Serco has also abandoned a move to replace overtime rates on hospital shifts with a 12.5% shift allowance. We were never going to agree to that one.

And we have held onto meal allowances for hospital sits of more 9.6 hours or more.

The 10 hour break will also be maintained and the company has backed away from several other ‘try-ons’ that the troops turned their nose up at.

It really has been a long hard process but I am confident we got the best possible outcome. And I’d like to move a big vote of thanks to all those on the bargaining committee. A fantastic effort.