COTA members move forward to Industrial Action
On 3rd June 2015, Unite and RMT the recognised Unions within COTA wrote to the companies confirming the intention to move to a lawful industrial action ballot.
The dispute stems from the decision to withdraw the 2015 pay element from a negotiated two year pay deal.
The withdrawal of the second year of the pay deal is poor reward for the hard work and dedication shown by COTA members.
It is all the more galling when the cost of the pay award is put into perspective with COTA company profits.
In 2014 the three largest COTA companies Sodexo, Aramark and Compass made estimated profits of £2.2 billion.
It would take a limited % of these profits to pay the award that is due and had been agreed in good faith.
Unite members have made it clear that they will not accept the removal of the second year of the pay settlement and preparations for a ballot are now at an advanced stage.