Our Ref: SH/0001/COTA
8th April 2020
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2019/20 – COTA – AMENDMENT TO CURRENT AGREEMENT
Referring to the above, your union has attended talks with the COTA signatories along with our sister union. At the conclusion of these negotiations, an amendment has been made to the current COTA agreement which is in line with the government 80% furlough scheme.
Your union did push to try and get the signatories to make up the additional 20% but despite our best efforts, this was declined. However, your union did manage to get agreement that the provisions would not start until April 1st and that full salary would be applied for March. This means a significant number of zero hour/ad hoc members will receive some support during the period whereas without this amendment they would have no income.
Your National Executive Committee (NEC) has considered the matter fully and it has instructed me to inform the signatories of this union’s acceptance of the amendment to the current COTA agreement from 1st April for the duration of the Covid – 19 pandemic. This instruction has been carried out and the signatories have been advised of our acceptance.