The largest union in the country, Unite, has stated that it needs ‘urgent and constructive talks with EDF Energy’. This follows on from strike action by 500 workers on Monday in a pay dispute.
Employees in the regions of London, the South West and East and Eastern areas started a 24 hour strike at 00:01 on Monday. This action has drastically impacted on customers, causing delays in fixing and installing meters.
The staff who went on strike also deal with business and private customers so Revenue Protection is expected to suffer as a result of the action.
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Three elements caused the dispute.
– A pay offer from 2013 of a 2% and a non-consolidated, one off payment of £200 for the year April 2013 till April 2014
– South Eastern pay that was due to be resolved in the 2012 agreement. The employers were supposed to look at the difference between the pay for South East staff compared with London and have not done so
– EDF said that it couldn’t afford to pay the Eastern revenue protection team workers, despite signing the 2012 agreement.
The strike went ahead after talks that took place last week. Unite states that the crux of the ongoing argument stems from EDF failing to abide by the agreement that was made in 2012.
The staff members who took the strike action could potentially result in costing EDF more than they realised, as the employees work on an appointment basis. This means that if they don’t carry out the work on time, EDF is liable for fines. As there are also talks of a further 20 meter readers from Bexleyheath joining the action next Monday, it is predicted that this issue could escalate further still.
As of Tuesday, Unite has been instructing its members to take action that is short of striking on a regular and continuous basis. This latest strike follows on from two days of action back at the beginning of May.
Onay Kasab, the regional officer for Unite said
Workers are taking action because EDF is refusing to honour an agreement it freely signed and to make matters even worse the company is offering a pay deal for 2013 which does not even keep up with the ever rising cost of living.
If you have found yourself affected by the strike action and are currently waiting for one of EDF’s meter reading staff to visit you, you can ring the EDF Phone Number to find out what is going on and how the action will affect you.
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The EDF Centres that were affected by the industrial action included:
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– Bangor Wharf, London
– Atlantic House, Crawley
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– Osprey and Gadeon House, Exeter
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