Pay Talks - Update

Further to Bulletin SO/423/MS dated 22 October 2021, please be advised that I, along with Liaison Officers Phil Lees and Ian Cross (Short Sea) and Jason Moore (North Sea) attended the second pay meeting at Channel House, Dover on Thursday, 11 November 2021.

Representing management were Peter Hebblethwaite (MD, Ropax), Tor Farquhar (HR Director), Steve Nee (Head of IR/ER) and Isabella Nundy (Executive Assistant).

In advance of the meeting, we furnished the management team with anonymised comments from members in response to the management request for savings.  We received the requested data in relation to sickness levels and associated costs, which also included the costs of recall and agency staff on the vessels, only two days before the meeting and therefore had insufficient time to thoroughly digest and scrutinise the data.

However, it is quite clear that the company cut too deep with their redundancy programme despite our protestations, and I must state that I was astounded by the costs provided by the company.

Peter Hebblethwaite reiterated the following points:

·         The Shareholder has supported the company through COVID and has invested a huge amount of money and is taking on more debt to rebuild the business.
·         The Shareholder continues to support us but will not continue unconditionally.  The business needs to be sustainable.
·         The company recognises the need to review people’s pay; the company has a small pot of money.
·         The company would like to explore with the unions how they can increase the pot.
·         These discussions relate to 2021 and 2022, as in 2020 a lot of people lost their jobs, and they consider it appropriate for a pay freeze year.

Following my discussion with Steve Nee, I can advise that we have now received a Full and Final revised offer which is detailed below:

REVISED FULL AND FINAL OFFER

·         An increase of 1.3% on base pay (and therefore all pay items driven by the base pay rate) with effect from 1st January 2021.  We will use our best endeavours to ensure that back pay calculations are made, and back pay payments made at the earliest opportunity.

·         An increase of 3% on base pay (and therefore all pay items driven by the base pay rate) with effect from 1st January 2022.

·         A £250 lump sum to be made if we achieve or better our operating profit target for Q1 2022.  We will ensure that targets are understood and results are transparent so that the union can track whether this target is delivered.

·         A £250 lump sum to be made if we achieve or better our operating profit target for Q3 2022.  We will ensure that targets are understood and results are transparent so that the union can track whether this target is delivered.

·         A £300 lump sum to be paid on or about 1st January 2022 in return for an early agreement without disruption on this pay offer.

Therefore, all members are requested to participate and respond to the Full and Final offer detailed above via the Survey Monkey and to indicate their acceptance or rejection of the above offer by no later than midday on Wednesday, 08 December 2021. 

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* 1. Full Name:

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* 2. Membership number:

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* 3. Job title:

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* 4. Name of Ship

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* 5. First line of address:

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* 6. Postcode:

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* 7. Email address:

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* 8. Mobile (or other) contact number:

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* 9. Do you accept the company's pay and conditions offer as per the above bulletin?

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* 10. It is helpful for future negotiations to understand the reasons behind members' votes. Therefore please use this box to provide any feedback you have on this offer.

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