Romec pay deal ballot
27th August 2010
Engineers and cleaners in Romec will get a basic wage increase of 2.75 per cent if they accept an improved pay and allowances package negotiated by the CWU. Engineers will also receive an additional £680 on basic rates from April 2011 while cleaners will have 15 per cent of total bonus money consolidated into pay from January 2011.
National officers Ray Ellis and Bob Gibson are calling on members to back the draft deal, after talks with the company saw bosses increase their initial offer.
If the agreement is endorsed, hard-working Romec staff will receive an immediate 2.25 percent pay increase - backdated to April - with a further 0.5 per cent to come in October.
The main engineering bonus scheme will be "bought out" with a lump sum payment of £800. A new scheme will be introduced from 1st January 2011. CWU has secured the potential for a leave purchase scheme for cleaning grades with effect from April 2011 and also a full review of the cleaners' bonus scheme. Next year's pay review date will come forward to January.
Bob Gibson described the draft deal as "reasonable in the current circumstances and certainly much improved on the opening offer from the company." Ray Ellis agreed, adding: "That we have been able to consolidate a significant proportion of bonus earnings."
Ballot papers went out to Romec members yesterday. The poll closes on Tuesday September 14 and the CWU is urging a big Yes vote.
"We have no hesitation in recommending that members vote Yes in favour of the deal," said Bob & Ray.