Following detailed discussions and much debate during a day in December and two days in January, agreement has been reached for the Trade Unions to fully recommend the following offer that was made by the Company. Length of the Deal This pay offer is for a period of 1 year. This offer is therefore applicable to the pay year running from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019.
From 1st April 2018, there is a joint agreement between SSE and the Trade Unions to implement an alternative solution to Performance Pay. A joint JNCC working party, supported by JBCs, will convene to agree a new skills / competency system that will reward progression and replace the existing performance pay system, which will no longer apply for the purposes of pay progression, from April 2018. Any final output from the JNCC joint working party will come back to the JNCC before implementation.
We will jointly endeavour to implement the new scheme within the timescale of this pay agreement. Should the new scheme not be implemented within this next 12 months, it’s jointly agreed that a further round of pay negotiations will be needed for 2019/20 which will follow the principles in relation to the pay awards that are agreed for 2018/19.
There will be a salary increase of 3% applied to all employees. If you are in pay zone A or B, to recognise your position in the salary range, you will get an additional 0.6% increase, i.e. 3.6%. Salary Ranges With effect from April 2018, a 3% increase will be applied to the minimum and maximum of the salary ranges.
A 3% increase will also be applied to other pay elements that normally move in line with pay deals. Specifically:
· Shift Allowance
· London Allowance
· London Supplement
· The extension of the working day Standard Allowance (clause J2 of the Joint Agreement)
· Overnight Allowance (clause J3 of the Joint Agreement)
Following detailed discussions, the Trade Unions decided to withdraw this element of their pay
National News for UNISON Members in SSE
Cancelled Merger with Npower - December 2018
UNISON was informed on 17/12/2018 that the planned merger between npower and the SSE Energy Services had been called off. We received only a brief formal response from the business, but this was subsequently confirmed by both parties.
Discussions have since been held with the unions and SSE management to understand what the next steps will be, to fully understand the ramifications of this development and to seek urgent assurances on the prospects going forward for our members and their jobs.
The business has said that other options will now be considered for SSE Energy Services. Essentially this is likely to be either a standalone retail business which would be floated to investors in the future or another potential merger with another entity. It was acknowledged that both options will take time to work through into any substantive proposals.
As it stands today, SSE Energy Services remains the second largest supplier of energy to UK customers, but like the other big energy retailers, it is facing significant pressures. It continues to lose customer accounts, and the introduction of the energy price cap has added financial uncertainty into the mix.
Without the planned merger now going ahead, it is essential UNISON members can understand what the future is for SSE Energy Services and how our member’s jobs can be secured and a solid plan for growth produced. UNISON will be working to ensure this is delivered.
It was also essential that SSE confirmed that members working in SSE Energy Services were to fully included in pay talks going forward. The business has now agreed to this.
Please be assured that UNISON will take whatever steps are required to protect our members' jobs and prospects and we will of course work with SSE management wherever possible to help deliver this.
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