Bulletin: Issue 29 March 2021
WILKO PAY TALKS UPDATE
FAO ALL WILKO EMPLOYEES
Your GMB negotiating committee have met with Wilko on two occasions to discuss the 2020 GMB pay claim.
The meetings have been positive and we are hopeful of reaching an offer that we can recommend to our members.
As we start to come out of Covid lockdown there are still a lot of unknowns on how the retail sector will look in the new normal. We believe Wilko are well placed to be successful as lockdowns end and restrictions ease.
With this in mind we have agreed to extend the pay talks to ensure the best offer can be made to our members. As part of that agreement the GMB has been clear that any final pay agreement should be backdated to April 2021.
Next month the government’s minimum wage will increase by 2.2%. This would take the level 1 pay above the current pay for level 2. GMB and Wilko have therefore agreed, whilst pay negotiations continue, to make an interim payment and increase the level 1 and level 2 pay by 2.2%.
This ensures that we keep the differential in pay between level 1 and level 2.
This increase will form part of the final pay offer that will go to a ballot of GMB members.
Roger Jenkins, GMB National Officer
Posted: 29th March 2021