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Posted on 29 April 2014 at 16:08 GMT

EDF Energy workers striking against stingy "Zingy" bosses

EDF refuses to honour pay deal

Onay Kasab

EDF Energy has just spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on rebranding its vans with the image of its mascot "Zingy". But this is fast turning into a public relations disaster. Drivers have pointed out that the new colour resembles baby poo. If this were not bad enough, some drivers have been instructed not to park under direct sunlight for fear of damaging this glorious piece of artwork!

This company, which has increased energy bills for customers by 10%, has been refusing to pay out on an agreement it made with the unions in 2012, because it says it got its sums wrong and cannot afford to honour the deal.

Leaving aside the obvious question on whether it gets its sums right when calculating customer bills, this sorry excuse simply does not wash - and the truth has indeed now come out in the wash. The company later admitted that it only signed the 2012 agreement at the last minute to avoid strike action.

For 2013, the company offered a below inflation proposal of 2% plus 200 as a one-off payment, which Unite members in London, South East, South Western and Eastern regions have rejected. These members, following a 77% majority yes vote in a strike ballot will be taking strike action on 6 and 8 May.

Appallingly, the company is trying to set customers against the workers by claiming that the cost of an increased pay rise will be passed on to customers. Yet this concern for the welfare of customers is woefully absent when the company is raising prices in the chase for profits.

Unite is determined to win this dispute - we cannot allow employers to get away with signing up to agreements with no intention of honouring them.

Messages of support please via onay.kasab@unitetheunion.org
Please also look out for details of picket lines to be announced in the next few days.

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