Oh, no you don’t! Unite condemns company’s panto-for-pay “bribe”

Unite has describe Bristol Waste’s decision to offer staff a trip to the panto instead of giving them a pay rise as “resembling a bribe”.

The union, which is currently in a pay dispute with the company, is angry that bosses have spent £25,000 on tickets for Cinderella at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Despite the company making profits worth £5,600 per employee, it has refused to make a decent pay offer. The company initially offered a 1.5% increase which was then increased to 2%. Unite is seeking an increase in line with the retail price index (RPI) which currently stands at 3.3%.

Unite South West regional secretary Steve Preddy said: “By bulk buying pantomime tickets it looks like Bristol Waste is trying to bribe our members to accept a below inflation pay increase.

“The two per cent pay offer currently on offer is in effect a real terms pay cut. Bristol Waste is a highly profitable company and can entirely afford to give our members a fair pay increase.

“Our members are dedicated to keeping Bristol clean and tidy and their hard work should be rewarded with a proper pay increase, rather than being fobbed off with free panto tickets.

“It is deeply ironic and disappointing that Bristol Waste is acting like a scrooge employer at the time of year when workers’ budgets often come under the most strain as people prepare for Christmas.

“Of course workers welcome a Christmas party or outing but not at the expense of their pay. Bristol Waste needs to drop its tawdry gimmicks and get back round the table and offer a fair pay rise.”

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