Co-operative Travel staff receive salary boost

High street retail staff with The Co-operative Travel are to receive a 2% pay increase and performance-related rewards.

The new salary scheme has been recommended by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) and according to the retailer the staff are “overwhelmingly” pleased.

The company hopes the performance-related pay (PRP) will motivate staff and increase productivity.

Head of human resources Jayne Webb said: “Staff felt the new terms were extremely favourable, hence the hugely positive vote.

“We have also received a very positive response to the introduction of PRP.

“It is our firm belief that giving staff the ability to directly influence their earnings through their own performance will lead to greater employee engagement, which will lead to enhanced business and individual benefits.” 

Sharon Ainsworth, USDAW national officer, said: “The harmonisation programme has been a long process, predominantly because we were merging several organisations as well as undertaking a regrading exercise, however, I am delighted that it is now complete with the implementation of the new salary scheme.

“The new scheme gives staff the opportunity to have their commitment and personal performance reflected in their salary and therefore increase their take-home pay.

“I am pleased our members voted to accept these terms and I look forward to continuing to work with The Co-operative Travel and the National Negotiating Committee to evaluate the success of the scheme over the next few years.”

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