Members back National Grid offer

UNISON members have backed the new pay and pensions offer from National Grid.

The offer that was presented to members had been substantially improved during months of negotiations between the trade unions and the company.

The key points include:

  • a 3.3% pay increase backdated to July 2013 and followed by a further four years of pay increasing by the RPI rate of inflation;
  • a new four-year pay protections policy backdated to July 2013;
  • a reduction in the number of the proposed job families, down from four to two;
  • a commitment from the company and amended words in the staff handbook to strengthen the commitment to directly-employed labour;
  • new performance arrangements for levels 6-8;
  • improvement to the DC pension scheme;
  • DB pensionable salary cap of 3% on future service only;
  • all past service protected.

UNISON national officer Matthew Lay said: “The deal would not have been achieved without the retention of a strong trade union presence within National Grid and it is essential we maintain this going forward.

“We are aware of some issues that still need resolution, and we will continue to progress these on behalf of members. We will also be monitoring the impact of job families and new performance arrangements to ensure they are fairly applied.”

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