Thirty IT maintenance staff working for Computacenter will take industrial action from tomorrow in a dispute over pay.
According to the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, the corporate reseller has offered employees working on a ten-year contract with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) a “derisory” 0.4 per cent pay rise this year.
The staff, who are based at HSE's Bootle HQ, will begin an overtime ban and a work to rule from Tuesday.
PCS negotiations officer Jayson Sloss said Computacenter had given the impression that it was not doing well enough financially to afford the three per cent pay rise proposed by the PCS.
“They said there was no more money available,” he told CRN. “Our members are deeply unhappy as they seem to be getting punished because other parts of the company are not performing as profitably [as they are].”
The Health and Safety Executive first outsourced IT maintenance functions to the private sector in 1995. Computacenter won part of the contract in 2001 but it is up for renewal next year.
The PCS said the pay rise for 2010 equates to a little over £100 a year. This follows a 2.5 per cent increase last year, which Sloss said was below inflation.
Sloss said he believed a ban on overtime would hit home.
“They do a lot of travelling and work weekends so we think this is the most effective form of action to put pressure on the employer to get back around the negotiating table,” he said.
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