Branches and representatives will be aware that the pay review date for our Eurest catering grade members was moved to April each year, in order to align with the annual review of the National Minimum Wage.

As in previous years both parties have been committed to early discussions in 2022 to ensure that any agreed arrangements could be concluded to meet the April deadline. Discussions have been complicated this year due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the business and the prevailing financial climate. However, while the aforementioned issues could have presented a barrier to concluding an acceptable deal, further to positive discussions an agreement has now been reached with Compass Group/Eurest on a pay settlement for 2022.

In the view of the department, the agreed settlement rewards the ongoing commitment of our members while also recognising the commercial realities of the impact of the Covid-19 period and current economic climate.

The deal is straightforward and consists of:

 A 6% increase in basic pay (not NDA) rates for all grades, effective 1st April 2022. 

 The retention of the previously agreed differential on Premium/Overtime rates pitching those rates at £1 above the standard rate for each grade. 

 The next pay review date will be April 2023. 

For our Grade C members the deal meets the CWU aspiration of maintaining the current level of differential over the National Minimum Wage, which we have been seeking over recent pay deals to maintain or grow.

The Postal Executive has endorsed the pay offer for recommendation to our Eurest members. We have therefore been consulting with the SDG(S) department in relation to arrangements for an individual members’ ballot, which have now been finalised.

We can now confirm that the ballot timetable will be as follows:

Ballot Papers Despatched: Tuesday, 15th March 2022

Ballot Closes: Tuesday, 5th April 2022 (first post)

Branch Secretaries are requested to ensure that our members are made aware of the content of this LTB and that every effort is made to encourage our members to use their vote when their ballot papers are received.

Any enquiries in relation to this LTB should be addressed to Davie Robertson, Assistant Secretary, email: quoting reference 301.11.

Yours sincerely

Davie Robertson
Assistant Secretary


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