IMPLEMENTATION OF SAFE MINIMUM LEVELS
GMB have today been informed that due to the spread of the new covid strain, safe minimum levels will be introduced with immediate effect.
New schedules are now being put together and members will be informed of their new working schedules over the next few days.
Any days that members are not required to work will still be paid at full contractual hours. G4S have requested that where officers are stood down at least part of this time can be used to complete any outstanding online training
As previously agreed any Covid absence will attract full Covid Sick Pay.
2021 PAY TALKS
Your GMB negotiating committee met again with G4S to discuss the 2021 pay uplift. We have been informed that ministerial sign off has still not been given and therefore the company are unable to give a final offer at this time. It is possible that the government department will give the OK at some point next week and GMB negotiators have agreed to make themselves available should this be achieved.
NEW STARTER RATES
We are all aware of new starters being offered an hourly rate of £9.80, this was never agreed or supported by GMB, these Officers have been employed on this rate from November 2021 and in many locations is above the rates of current employees.
GMB have been clear with G4S that this is unacceptable and throughout this time have been clear that any pay increase would need to be backdated to the 1st November 2021 to put right this injustice.
We have today been informed that the DWP will not agree to the backdating, and we have informed G4S that whatever the final pay offer, without the backdating, we will be recommending rejection of that offer and registering a formal dispute.
GMB National Officer
Posted: 20th December 2021