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Amey: Dispute Resolution

2 September 2011

Talks with Amey have concluded to the point where TSSA is in a position to ballot members to get their views on the overall dispute resolution agreement covering pay and widening out of collective bargaining.

ACAS talks

A further meeting took place on 31 August, under the auspices of ACAS. After lengthy but productive discussions we have come to a point of resolution dependant on TSSA members accepting the overall offer in a referendum ballot. It’s now down to YOU to tell us if the agreement is acceptable.

Resolution

A copy of the resolution agreement is attached for you to read below. As all TSSA members within Amey were originally balloted on both Pay and widening out of collective bargaining, it is only right that we allow all members who have taken action to vote on the overall agreement.

To be clear the elements of the pay offer are not open to staff outside of those currently covered by collective bargaining. The benefits of the agreement for those not currently collectively bargained, if we achieve an extension to bargaining, is that we will have a larger population of staff with a stronger voice who can all achieve the benefits of negotiated settlements on pay and other conditions. Historically increases in pay have been better for those covered by collective bargaining; therefore we believe that extending the bargaining group is to the benefit of all members in the long run.

The company have made clear however that they require TSSA to demonstrate a strength in membership to justify widening out the bargaining group. Therefore the only way that this can be achieved is through non-members joining the union and us using ACAS to independently verify TSSA’s membership at the end of a 3-month window. As part of the resolution there is a mechanism laid down to achieve this and we would welcome any support from members to enable us to do this for the benefit of all.

Referendum ballot

Your collective voice has allowed us to progress to this point and secure an agreement that we hope is acceptable to all of our members, as a result we are recommending acceptance of the offer and have agreed suspension of any industrial action until this is ballot takes place.

To enable us to get members feedback as quickly as possible we will be running part of the ballot electronically for those members that we have email addresses for (PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VOTE), for those that receive circulars and other union communications via post we will send out a paper referendum ballot.

In both cases the ballot will close at 12 noon on Thursday 15 September 2011

If you haven’t received either an email or postal referendum ballot by Wednesday 7 September then please contact our member’s helpdesk on

0800 328 2673 or heldesk@tssa.org.uk

If you can contact them by Friday 9 September then this will ensure you enough time to receive the ballot paper & then return it within the time allocated.

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