Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has accused the Ministry of Defence of acting with bad faith during pay negotiations.

The MoD had tabled a pay offer of 11.5 per cent over three years to all civilian staff. While the offer initially appeared generous, the detail was problematic, as it would have resulted in low paid staff being worse off, due to proposed cuts in overtime payments and allowances.

Unite ballot

Unite had put the offer out to ballot, with a recommendation to reject, with the intention to then return to negotiations. However, even before the process was completed, the MoD today (Thursday 23 January) announced that the offer had been withdrawn because other unions had already rejected the deal.

Imposed pay

The MoD is now seeking to impose a below inflation two per cent pay offer and a further small non-consolidated pay increase.

MoD guilty

Unite officer with national responsibility for the MoD Caren Evans said; “The MoD is guilty of negotiating in bad faith.

 “Rather than sit down and negotiate the pay offer like grown ups, it is instead acting like a little child who doesn’t like a decision and takes their ball away.

 “MoD staff have suffered a decade of pay cuts in real terms, they need a pay deal which addresses these issues, not one which offers increases with one hand and takes them away with the other.

 “Unless the MoD is prepared to return to full and meaningful pay talks then the problem of low pay will not be tackled and both morale and productivity will further decline.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.