Myself and your GMB Regional Officer met with representatives of Securitas as part of the stage 2 disputes procedure concerning the 2021 pay talks.
As you are aware there was no offer forthcoming from your employer which would result in a second year pay freeze. Securitas have again informed us that there is no money available for a pay increase and they cannot make an offer on the 2021 pay claim
We are all aware of the current financial climate and significant pay increases across the economy along with recruitment and retention problems throughout the security industry due to low pay, as well as high levels of inflation and a substantial increase to National Insurance, but this is being completely ignored by ExxonMobil.
In 2017, GMB reached agreement with Securitas to work towards becoming a Living Wage employer by the end of 2020. Whilst huge progress has been made across many contracts, over the same period, at ExxonMobil, security staff have seen the value of their pay diminish with below inflation pay increases and pay freezes.
We now face a situation where the increase to the minimum wage in April 2022 will leave members pay below the minimum wage. This is completely unacceptable. The GMB will not tolerate highly skilled and highly trained Security staff being paid the lowest hourly rate in the country.
We have advised Securitas to re-engage with the client, ExxonMobil, and if there is no increase to pay offered, we will have no choice but to run a consultative ballot for industrial action with a strong recommendation to support such action.
GMB National Officer
Posted: 22nd November 2021