WNO ballot on new pay offer
Welsh National Opera members are being balloted on an improved 3.8% pay increase as part of a three year package.
This follows the unanimous rejection of the previous 2.6% offer by members in August.
The improved offer, which includes WNO wholly-owned subsidiary Cardiff Theatrical Services, was made at a subsequent meeting with the employer.
The three year offer includes:
- 3.8% pay increase backdated to 1 April 2007 and running until 31 August 2008.
- 3% increase from 1 September 2008.
- 3% increase running from 1 September 2009 to 31 August 2010.
BECTU's negotiating team recognise there is an element of risk in agreeing a three year deal and they have insisted that they will return to the bargaining table in the event that RPI is significantly different in 2008 and 2009.
Management have requested a similar caveat in relation to Arts Council funding.
Welsh National Opera and Cardiff Theatrical Services members are bring balloted on the improved offer. The ballot closes at noon on 7 November 2007.
BECTU lead negotiator, National Official Willie Lesslie, commented: "The offer is the best that can be achieved through negotiation.
"This offer is a significant improvement on the 2.6% offer that was rejected by the members and demonstrates that unity of purpose by BECTU members can yield improvements in pay".