After a series of meetings, the ECA’s employers negotiating team led by Ray Foster were unable to secure an agreement on the union’s wage claim for 2012 and beyond.
Ray said that, “The extremely harsh trading conditions have made for a difficult environment for negotiation. JIB members could not contemplate any wage increases in the current economic circumstances. Naturally our union colleagues were disappointed by this response particularly in the light of the wage freeze which is already being applied to wage rates in 2011. This will now continue into 2012”.
Given that wage rates and related terms and conditions have been frozen for a second year, JIB members are urged to ensure that they are in full compliance with the JIB rates of pay, terms and conditions for 2010, which continue to apply.
The only exception to this is the JIB lodging allowance which is increased in accordance with a previously agreed formula with UNITE and HMRC. This will increase by £1.60 per day, from £32.68 to £34.28 from the first pay week in January 2012.