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Unite, the biggest union, have launched a blueprint for boosting workers’ pay amid rising inflation and slow pay growth in 2017 (see notes to editors).
The union has launched a ‘Pay Claim Guide’ to support Unite representatives in how to formulate arguments and table demands to improve pay and conditions.
From workers at Jaguar Land Rover to Metrolink in Manchester, workers at major employers across the region secured pay increases outstripping inflation.
Workers at Metrolink, which run the trams in Manchester, secured an inflation busting 12.3 per cent increase over two years. Workers at Adient a manufacturing company that makes seats for Jaguar Land Rover secured a 7.5 per cent increase over two years. At Jaguar Land Rover workers secured a two-year deal of 3.5 per cent, plus a £750 bonus in year one. In year two workers will get inflation (RPI) plus 0.5 per cent rise in year two.
Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey said: “Unite is determined to give workers the tools they need to improve their working lives. Unite, the biggest union and foremost experts on pay in the North West have launched a blueprint to help workers boost their pay.”
“Inflation is on the rise at a time when pay is growing at a snail’s pace and for many workers not at all. Unite has achieved some real progress in pay for thousands of workers across the North West.
“The pay packets of workers at companies like JLR and Metrolink support many working class communities across the region because they have a strong union.
“Unite has also launched a powerful new online tool to help workers protect themselves from attacks on their pay from employers following the fallout of the Brexit vote. The new database will give union negotiators unparalleled access to pay data for their region and their industrial sector giving workers more power at the bargaining table with employers.”
Unite launched a revolutionary online tool for the union’s negotiators which allows them to access a database of thousands of pay deals across the North West. The online tool available to Unite negotiators shows that at 50 of its biggest workplaces throughout the North West almost nine out of ten secured increases keeping up with, or outstripping inflation. Over a third of workplaces secured pay deals at three percent or above. The figures exclude other improvements to other conditions that may have been secured by the union’s negotiations with employers.