Our Ref BR4/14/3
17th April 2020
TO ALL RMT MEMBERS BALFOUR BEATTY (RAIL PLANT)
FURLOUGH LEAVE – CORONAVIRUS – BALFOUR BEATTY (RAIL PLANT)
Your Lead Officer has made a concerted effort in approaching the company to improve the temporary arrangements for furloughing staff, unfortunately they have been unsuccessful. The reason for this is largely down to the fact that the arrangements that have been made were agreed within the larger Balfour Beatty group with other trade unions.
The arrangements the company are proposing at group level are: -
“If this is required, we will adopt the position below for April 2020:
Basic pay: 80% of average earnings (based on average monthly earnings in the tax year 2019/20 but excluding any travel and subsistence expenses) for earnings up to the UK Government threshold of £37,500 plus 80% of basic pay above the £37,500 threshold.
Balfour Beatty will also adopt a bar for low earning employees of £22,000 below which point salary will not be reduced.
Pension contributions for employees on Furlough Leave: all pension contributions for the Furlough Leave period will be based on actual pay during that period
Travel payments for employees on Furlough Leave: all payments related to travel will stop
Subsistence payments for employees on Furlough Leave: these will continue to be paid if employees have committed lease arrangements or an ongoing financial commitment to short term accommodation. This will need to be evidenced and immediately escalated to your local HR team
During the month of April we will review our position and advise you accordingly of any changes which may be made be required for May.”
Your National Executive Committee have considered the situation and instructed me to write to the company informing them that these arrangements fall well short of this Union’s aspirations and reserving the right to readdress the situation once the current Health Crisis has alleviated.
I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter and I will, of course, keep you informed on any further developments.