Amey fail to make improved pay offer. Dispute set to escalate unless members see real improvements
As reported in our 22 September update (link), TSSA members are in dispute with Amey over the company's failure to make a reasonable offer to increase our members’ basic pay and agreed allowances in 2022.
Click this link for correspondence setting out the terms of dispute.
Your TSSA Representatives met with the company for further pay talks on Tuesday 27 September.
Negotiations have adjourned again after company representatives said they had been seeking authority to make a better offer but had not succeeded and could not give a commitment to any improvement being tabled this week. The company side said that efforts are ongoing behind the scenes and that they genuinely hoped to report progress "in the next week or two".
TSSA representatives reminded company negotiators that members' patience could not be taken for granted, that an increase was due on 1 March and that members have voted overwhelmingly to reject the latest offer and support action if necessary. Your living costs have begun to rise sharply and are forecast to worsen due to the cost of living crisis.
Members and reps will determine whether the company, which is currently up for sale, is genuinely struggling behind the scenes to make an improved offer or is employing stalling tactics to to avoid the impact of industrial action on company profits and sale value without making an acceptable offer.
All parties agreed that they want to achieve a negotiated deal without members being faced with the last resort of taking industrial action. Your reps set out that members and reps would decide whether there was any credible alternative, given the overwhelming support for action unless the offer was improved.
Your reps will be meeting in the coming days to discuss our next steps in the dispute. It's your pay, have your say: share your views with reps so that they can represent you effectively.
Ballot Ready: Have you confirmed your membership information?
Thank you to our members and reps who have been working to check and update TSSA membership details. Your efforts help to ensure we have the option of balloting for industrial action if the company continue to fail to make a reasonable pay offer while making unexpected profits.
It is crucial that we have accurate information on your job title, department and workplace so that your union can represent you and conduct a lawful ballot if necessary, and your home address so that you can receive a ballot and other information. Please click the button below, contact the members' Helpdesk or email firstname.lastname@example.org to check and confirm your details.
We must continue to prepare to ballot so that we have the option of moving towards lawful industrial action if this is deemed necessary by members and reps.
Over 81% of those of you who took part in the referendum voted to reject the previous offer. Of those, over 65% would support strike action to achieve an acceptable deal and over 60% would support action short of a strike. Fewer than 2.5% of those who voted to reject the offer said they were not prepared to do anything in pursuit of a better deal.
The more members in active membership, the stronger our position in negotiations, so please encourage any colleagues who are not in a union to join TSSA online.
For background information on negotiations, visit TSSA's page on Amey