To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils
Circular No IR/222/14
Our Ref: HC/1/1
28th August 2014
STAFF FEEDING SCHEME – SELECT SERVICE PARTNER
I have received a report from the Lead Officer advising me of Select Service Partner’s intention totake away our members’ right to a free meal under the “staff feeding scheme” and to introduce a new“colleague discount scheme” from 24th September.
On hearing of the company’s proposal, the Lead Officer sought a meeting at which the company refused to back down.
In addition, I have received a resolution from our Waterloo Branch on the matter and this has been considered by the General Grades Committee. The following decision has been taken:-
“We note the resolution from Waterloo Branch and agree with the sentiments expressed within. We share their concerns that SSP have imposed a new discount scheme on our Members taking away their right to a free meal under SSP’s staff feeding scheme whilst by-passing agreed procedures in the form of refusing to consult on this issue through the agreed bargaining machinery. We also note that Staff are not permitted to carry cash on SSP premises therefore impinging on their break time whilst having to leave the premises to purchase food.
This we feel is unacceptable and we therefore instruct the General Secretary to write to SSP informing them of our objections to the removal of our members free meal voucher and any changes to current working practices must be agreed through the bargaining machinery, any future consultation should exclude SSP’s “your shout representatives” and only include our elected Representatives through the bargaining machinery. Further we instruct the General Secretary to place any response back in front of the General Grades Committee.”
I have written to the company accordingly and will keep you advised of any further developments.
Acting General Secretary