7/6/2010 9:59:00 AM
O2 workers reject 2% pay offer
Union members at O2 voted by a nine to one margin to reject the company's final pay offer of 2%.
The Communication Workers Union’s (CWU) consultative ballot closed today with 90% of those voting rejecting the offer. The consultative ballot was run by Electoral Reform Services and the turnout was 36%.
The CWU is now seeking a meeting with O2 to recommence negotiations. If O2 declines to re-open talks, members could vote to take industrial action.
CWU assistant secretary Ian Cuthbert said: ‘All along O2 has argued that it's "market leading" offer would be accepted. CWU members in O2 have shown that not to be true in the most dramatic fashion.’
‘From the outset the union's negotiating team pledged that it would accept the outcome of the ballot whatever the result. We now hope that O2 will listen to the collective voice of employees and enter into meaningful talks for an improved pay settlement.’
CWU wants to move forward on the issue of pay progression as well as achieve an improved offer on the below inflation 2% increase offered by the profitable mobile company.