1 May 2009
Odeon technical staff have rejected the company's plans for changes to staff payments for bank holiday working.
BECTU members covered by the union's recognition agreement have overwhelmingly rejected the employer’s proposal to end double-time payments for work on a recognised public holiday.
... the company will be required to continue to pay double-time for work on a recognised holiday until a settlement is agreed.
The company has proposed to pay single time with a day off in lieu. The proposed change would be a variation to the contract of employment which can only be implemented with staff agreement.
In a consultative ballot which closed today (1 May), members voted against the proposal by a majority of 76 per cent. Forty six per cent of eligible members took part in the vote.
The ballot result will be considered at a meeting of representatives (Odeon SDC) next Tuesday 5 May, prior to the resumption of negotiations with Odeon.
Union officials are now seeking additional feedback from members in preparation for that meeting. Members are being asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org in response to the following questions:
• Why did you vote no?; and
• What do you want the SDC to achieve on your behalf?
All correspondence will be treated in the strictest confidence. However, as the email facility is only for BECTU members, respondents are being asked to give their name, address and membership number.
Commenting on the current situation, national offical, Gerry Carr and Odeon SDC chair, Lee Burns, said:
"As this matter is in dispute the 'status quo' prevails. This means that the company will be required to continue to pay double-time for work on a recognised holiday until a settlement is agreed."
"We encourage all members to feedback to us ahead of our meeting on 5 May and we will provide a further report to members following that meeting."