Community has successfully won a pay increase of 2.1 per cent backdated to May 2015 for our members employed on the G4S tagging and monitoring contract in Scotland. The increase was delayed following extensive negotiations when Community members turned down a final offer of 1.9 per cent. As part of Community’s partnership agreement with G4S, independent arbitration is used when the union and the company fail to agree. The award was made by an independent arbiter who received evidence from both the company and the union. The arbiter judged that there was a case for an increase above the company’s final offer.
Steve Farrell, Lead Organiser for Community in Scotland, said:
“This was a good result for our members and was achieved in a modern and constructive way. It was clear that the company’s original offer was unacceptable to our members and they were proved right to hold out for a better deal. Thanks to Community’s expertise and research and the support of our reps at G4S, we were able to put a strong case before the independent arbiter and got a decision in our favour. This proves that issues can be resolved through a partnership approach with the employer. We will continue to work closely with the company to ensure it delivers a first class public service and recognises the role of its employees in the success of its operations.”
Senior rep Willie Stevenson said:
“We’re pleased with the arbiter’s decision and it demonstrates the value of being a member of Community. Our members had the opportunity to make their views known throughout this process and it was clear that the company’s offers did not meet the expectations of employees. We do a difficult job on the frontline of public services and our role is vital to protecting the public, so it’s only right we are fairly rewarded.”