HARD-HITTING industrial action at Co-Op Funeralcare has forced bosses to make a new pay offer. Members of the TGWU and GMB unions at the company are now voting on a new pay rise.
The new deal offers a pay increase of just under 5 percent, backdated to January, and improves on hours of work and London weighting. Both unions are recommending that the deal should be accepted.
“This improvement for our members has been achieved by their determined approach, strength of conviction and sense of vocation,” said Ian Crawford, TGWU regional industrial organiser.
The unions’ joint campaign has included 24-hour strike actions, and bans on overtime and standby duties. The ballot result is expected on Tuesday of next week.
Bosses have also agreed to sit down with the unions to resolve outstanding grievances.