7/26/2010 4:44:00 PM
O2 resumes pay talks with CWU
A breakthrough on O2’s long delayed pay deal looks imminent after the operator returned to the negotiating
table last week.
Pay talks broke down in
April after O2 refused to improve its offer of a 2% pay rise for 4,000 call
centre, engineering and specialist technician staff.
However following a
consultative ballot organized by the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), which
saw 90% of O2 union members reject the operators 2% pay offer, O2 has resumed
negotiations with union officials.
A CWU spokeswoman said: ‘The
meeting went well and we will be having more talks this week. Progress was made and we
are hopeful we can reach a resolution soon.’
She added: ‘O2 could not
ignore the strong result that the consultative ballot delivered.’
The CWU is demanding a pay deal to at least match the rate of inflation currently running at over 4%. It also wants O2 to introduce a pay progression deal for staff.
O2 declined to comment.