The roll-out of a Smart meter installation programme across Bristol will be hit when EDF Energy staff, including Bristol workers, will stage a one day strike on 2nd September 2015 in a dispute over pay cuts, job losses and working extended hours to install the meters. The move follows the suspension of two 24-hour stoppages earlier in August to allow for talks over proposed pay cuts, job losses and extended working hours to install the meters.
Commenting Unite regional officer Onay Kasab said:
“We entered talks hopeful that we could avoid industrial action and are deeply disappointed by the company’s refusal to give concrete assurances on protecting current pay, conditions and hours.
“Our members cannot stand by and let previous agreements be torn up and their pay, terms and conditions eroded. Some members of staff face a £6,000-a-year drop in income while others face losing their job.
“Management need to stop dodging our members’ concerns and engage properly in meaningful talks.”
The EDF depot is at Clarence Road, Speedwell, Bristol, BS15 1NT.
The full press release can be found here EDF energy workers to walk out over £6,000 ‘pay loss’