Harrods pay win

Harrods security guards' dispute ends with acceptance of ‘excellent’ deal

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A dispute over pay and other issues at the iconic Harrods store in London has been brought to an end after security officers and CCTV operators voted in favour of an ‘excellent’ deal from the company.

Unite members voted overwhelmingly in favour of the deal – the details of which Harrods has required to remain confidential – that will see many workers receive ‘significant’ wage increases.

The deal ensures pay parity between security staff and any future pay deals will be consistently applied across the board.

The now settled dispute began after Harrods’ management imposed a below inflation pay increase on staff rather than return to the negotiating table, after the workforce overwhelmingly rejected the initial pay offer, in a consultative ballot.

The workers also disagreed with having to undertake an additional unpaid ‘training day’ every eight weeks. Under the deal, staff do not now have to attend training sessions on their days off.

Unite regional officer Balvinder Bir said, “This is an excellent outcome for our members, with many receiving significant pay increases.

“Their determination and solidarity were key to achieving this result, which is a prime example of what can be gained when workers stand together.

“Following our members acceptance of the offer, Unite looks forward to working productively with Harrods in the future.”

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