O2's new pay offer for employees has been rejected by the Communication Workers Union for falling short of the 2.7% rate of inflation.
Last month Mobile revealed that talks between the operator and the union resulted in a new retail pay structure trial which saw employees working in 51 stores across Kent, Essex, East Scotland, Bristol and South Wales receive a new rate of basic pay to £16,000 per annum. If successful, the trial may be rolled out nationwide.
However, during a new round of talks covering the general population grade, which took place on 19 February, O2 tabled an offer of 2.35% rate of pay across the board, but the CWU rejected the offer as it fell short of the claim. New discussions will commence on 24 February.
Assistant secretary, Sally Bridge (pictured), said: 'Although progress has been made in recent discussions with the company, we still believe our members deserve more than the current offer of 2.35% on the table and this also falls short of our original claim.
‘We're hoping to recommend a suitable offer to the membership in the very near future.’
An O2 spokesperson added: 'We always want to reach agreement as quickly as possible for pay awards and, while progress has been made, our discussions with the CWU are continuing.'