Pay cuts announced for Scottish and Southern Energy staff

Basingstoke Gazette: Pay cuts announced for Scottish and Southern Energy staff Pay cuts announced for Scottish and Southern Energy staff

STAFF working for an electricity company have been told that their salaries could be cut.

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), which has offices in Basingstoke, told The Gazette that it has been working with the trade unions to “identify a group of employees that historically have been paid above the salary range for the roles they are carrying out.”

A joint agreement has been set up for these members of staff, who can opt to protect their salaries for three years, and then suffer a salary cut at the end of those three years, or have their salaries cut now and receive the money that the payment protection would have saved them in a lump-sum.

A letter sent to The Gazette from an anonymous employee at SSE said that the cuts will affect 300 Basingstoke staff, who could lose between £1,000 and £15,000 per year, depending on their job roles.

It added: “Many of us that are affected have worked there between 15 and 30 years. They say they need to bring our salaries in line with everyone else, many of whom have been there for a short period of time. It is felt amongst those who are affected, that we are being discriminated against for being there a long time.

“Scottish and Southern Energy recently announced they are expecting profits of £1.5billion, then they go and do this to all their long-term fully committed staff.

“This will not help people paying their bills, which is already a struggle for most, and many have their mortgages based on their current salary which could mean they cannot afford to keep up the repayments.”

A spokesman for SSE refused to confirm or deny if the content of the letter was correct.

He added: “This was not a decision taken lightly by SSE and the trade unions, but it is being handled with sensitivity and respect and is ultimately about treating all staff fairly and consistently to ensure equality legislation is met.”

SSE is also looking at options to retrain staff who are at risk of having their salary cut.

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12:56pm Fri 21 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

This is the ludicrous, yet lucrative side of the age equality legislation.

Long term staff are legally penalised by employers grabbing back whatever cash they can from loyal employees.

And it doesn't stop with cash; annual leave and benefits are also being targetted in this shameful action.

So much for loyalty then !!
This is the ludicrous, yet lucrative side of the age equality legislation. Long term staff are legally penalised by employers grabbing back whatever cash they can from loyal employees. And it doesn't stop with cash; annual leave and benefits are also being targetted in this shameful action. So much for loyalty then !! deepinsight
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3:48pm Tue 25 Feb 14

laurence86 says...

Simple – Refuse the pay cut.

It will work best if all staff follow suit, force them to go down the redundancy route. Taking a pay cut can affect all sorts of things such as your redundancy allowance, pension, even your next job salary. Employees are best off not forgetting that your service means nothing to a company you are no more than a paid asset. When they think they can get a better value asset elsewhere they will drop you like a lead balloon. To these sorts of corporations losing a few employees is like losing a pawn in their game of chess.

It’s time to find a firm footing ready to fight SSE to get what you can and make sure those CV’s up to date.
Simple – Refuse the pay cut. It will work best if all staff follow suit, force them to go down the redundancy route. Taking a pay cut can affect all sorts of things such as your redundancy allowance, pension, even your next job salary. Employees are best off not forgetting that your service means nothing to a company you are no more than a paid asset. When they think they can get a better value asset elsewhere they will drop you like a lead balloon. To these sorts of corporations losing a few employees is like losing a pawn in their game of chess. It’s time to find a firm footing ready to fight SSE to get what you can and make sure those CV’s up to date. laurence86
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6:13pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Folkestone Saint says...

It's a shame they can't do what the customers can, switch energy supplier
It's a shame they can't do what the customers can, switch energy supplier Folkestone Saint
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