IT staff working for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have rejected a revised pay offer from Computacenter.
Around 30 IT workers, who are members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, have been working to rule and carrying out an overtime ban for more than a month over a dispute over pay.
PCS negotiations officer Jayson Sloss, said: “My members have indicated that they would not support the slightly revised offer proposed and we are back in discussions.”
The union will be meeting with Computacenter again next week. Sloss had previously said that if the members did not accept the new offer, PCS would consider other options, including continuing existing action or increasing it to strike action.
Although Sloss was unable to reveal the exact details of the rejected offer, he has said that the offer was not “substantially increased” from an earlier proposal, but that it covered 2011, rather than just 2010. Computacenter had originally offered a “derisory” 0.4 percent pay increase – equal to £109 extra a year, which would have applied only to 2010.
A pay rise was due for employees in January, but negotiations have been taking place since then after Computacenter initially said it could not offer anything in response to the union’s demand for a three percent rise. The company cited the difficult economic situation. The union normally aims to negotiate an annual pay increase of around the annual increase in the Retail Price Index.
Since the industrial action started on 29 September, Sloss said that Computacenter had recognised the industrial action is causing some inconvenience, with the company having to bring in contractors to cover.
HSE said, however, that the strike was not having any affect on service levels: "HSE has a contract with Logica and all service levels continue to be met. How Logica choose to provide this service is a matter for them."
Meanwhile, Computacenter’s HR director, Barry Hoffman, said: “We are engaged in continuing discussions with PCS on this matter.”
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