Fantastic Solidarity action this morning from our Leeds Unite Community Members. Unite Community members teamed up with one of our Geographical Branch’s to help Organise and Recruit at Emis in Leeds a company which plans to make their workers suffer next year when the governments compulsory pension scheme comes into being. Community braved the freezing temperatures to distribute the leaflet below to workers at EMIS on both sites great work which we plan to repeat again next year. Leaflet below, and pictures attached.
The EMIS Pension Scheme:
For a company pension and a living wage!
For the first time EMIS has announced a pension scheme, which is a great step forward. We will pay 2% of our pay and EMIS (as our employer) must legally make a further 2% contribution. However, the company has announced that they intend to pay their “contribution” at our expense…
“…this year there will be a proportionally reduced amount available for pay rises for 2014.” – Neil Laycock, Managing Director
EMIS employees need a decent pay rise in 2014 after having years of below inflation pay rises, which have seen wages actually fall relative to prices. Inflation is currently 2.7% but food prices are rising at a rate that is closer to 5% a year whilst we have seen energy prices rise by as much as 10%!
But whilst we have suffered a deterioration of living standards EMIS has experienced a tremendous growth in profitability and revenues thanks to our efforts in making EMIS Web and other projects a success. In fact we have been so successful that the company has increased its dividend to shareholders by 13% this year! Why not pay a smaller dividend and fund a decent pay rise for EMIS workers? Why should our living standards stagnate, leaving many employees in debt or barely able to afford more than the essentials whilst shareholders rake in vast profits?
We don’t think this is fair. As such we believe we are being modest when we ask for:
1) A well funded pension scheme.
2) An above inflation pay rise to make up for years of stagnant and declining pay that reflects rising living costs and growing profitability.
3) The right to a Recognised Union to bargain every year for greater benefits from a position of collective strength rather than individual weakness.
We, as EMIS workers, are the ones who make this company successful but we need a recognised union to be able to claim our fair share. Join our union, UNITE, and talk to your friends/colleagues in your team/department about also joining so we can really win higher pay and greater benefits through collective bargaining.
Joining is an EASY 5 minute task, is 100% CONFIDENTIAL and is your LEGAL RIGHT.
Simply go online to join at www.unitetheunion.org
Download the flyer: emis