PCS suspends strike as Atos concedes living wage demands

12 August 2012

The PCS union has suspended a strike planned for Monday 13 August by 1,500 members working for Atos Healthcare and Atos IT Services after the company offered concessions over pay.

Olympic sponsor Atos is a private sector firm with a host of government contracts, which boasted growing profits in its half-yearly results earlier this month.

Atos Healthcare operates the DWP’s controversial ‘work capability’ tests for disabled people claiming benefits.

The company has just scooped another £400m of new contracts to carry out the disability benefit checks that have sparked protests by disability campaigners.

But Atos had been refusing to offer pay rises in line with inflation or to commit to becoming a ‘living wage’ employer.

Last week, with the threat of strike action looming, Atos was forced to make a series of concessions over pay. The PCS announced headline measures in a deal that will be put to members in a ballot.

Concessions

These include the immediate payment of the living wage – £7.20 an hour or £8.30 in London – to all PCS members with more than three months’ service, backdated to July.

PCS members (excluding management) who earn more than the living wage in April 2013 will be given a 2% pay rise. There will also be the usual pay round and talks around the introduction of career frameworks.

Atos IT Services staff will receive a £320 non-consolidated payment staff to cover changes to the date of the annual pay round, with a £100 non-consolidated payment to Atos Healthcare staff.

There will be a new pay process for PCS members in Healthcare and IT Services and a joint union-management working party to develop a more transparent appraisal system.

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