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The GMB ballot on the 2020/21 pay deal has now closed.

We know that the 1.63% offer from G4S was disappointing.

The GMB did all we could politically to push the DWP on this issue but in the end the Chancellor’s comprehensive spending review meant that government department’s budgets were being restricted.

This is why the GMB LNC decided to recommend acceptance of the deal. Ultimately we felt we had done all we could to engage the DWP on this issue but eventually had to accept they were only going to offer the contractual minimum they were obliged to offer – 1.63%.

I am pleased to announce that GMB members have accepted the offer, albeit by a narrow margin; 45% to reject, 55% to accept. This shows the strength of feeling from our members and how they feel let down by G4S and the DWP on pay.

Whilst the deal on pay is a disappointing one I think it is important to remember that we have also won concessions this year, namely on the issue of sick pay for Covid absences and now also for those testing positive with a lateral flow workplace test.

Kind regards

Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer

Dave Gigg, G4S GMB National Convenor

Derek Rawlings, G4S GMB National Convenor

And your DWP Local Negotiating Committee

Posted: 11th March 2021

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