The Communication Workers Union has recommended its members accept O2's final pay review offer of a 2.6% rise in salary.
The two organisations met on 24 February, where a final and definitive offer to general population grade staff was agreed, although retail staff are still in the dark about their pay conditions. O2 contracts tech spec, T&E and business support grades will have an additional pay progression payment from 1 April on APR rating of APR1 -2%, APR2 - 1% and APR3 -0.5%.
This offer has been recommended by the CWU as ‘the best offer that can be negotiated’ despite trying to bargain for a 2.7% rise. The offer will now go to an electronic ballot.
The union also reported that it secured O2's commitment to begin a review on pay increases for tech spec, business support and T&E. Discussions for better pay conditions for retail staff are still ongoing with the hope of a resolution by June 2014. In January Mobile reported that the operator had launched a trial in 51 retail stores to increase pay to £16,000 per year. The trial is ongoing.
A CWU statement for retail employees said: ‘In principle the CWU accepts that funding of a new reward structure for retail grades will need to be found, and the budget from the 2014 pay review will be considered as part of that funding. However, this will be subject to a National Agreement being reached between Telefonica UK and the CWU.
‘Both parties are fully committed to reaching an agreement by June 2014 and to fully implement the new arrangements as soon as practically possible thereafter.
‘In the event that no agreement is reached by the CWU and as a result the new reward structure is not implemented, the uplift in arrears of their agreed 2014 pay award will be implemented at the earliest possible date (July salary). This timetable may be varied by mutual agreement if deemed necessary by both parties.’
An O2 spokesperson said: 'We’re pleased that we’ve agreed an increase of 2.6% with the CWU. Based on a positive outcome of the ballot by members, we’ll apply the increase from 1 April 2014.'