Pay and conditions
Pay is one of Prospect's single biggest priorities. We are involved in more than 250 sets of pay talks every year negotiating to improve members' salaries and other conditions of employment such as annual leave and working hours.
Each series of negotiations are different, because priorities and objectives very from employer to employer. Our negotiators are guided by general objectives agreed by the branch.
How Prospect makes a difference in pay negotiations
- We ensure that the employees’ voice is heard by senior management when pay and conditions are set.
- Our pay teams will always make the strongest case they can for the best pay rise supported by Prospect’s pay experts.
- There is a pay premium in unionised workplaces - salaries are on average 8% higher than in non-union workplaces.
- Union negotiators fight for fair pay for everyone.
- The union will keep you informed about pay negotiations, and before the settlement is agreed you will get to vote on it.
What else does Prospect negotiate?
As well as the headline pay increase there are other important terms and conditions of work which can include:
- Hours and holidays – the standard hours for your working week and the annual leave entitlement.
- Pay structures – most pay structures have a grade hierarchy, and where this is the case, the union will negotiate the appropriate grading structure for your workplace.
- Other payments such as standby and call out payments, location allowances or specific job-related allowances.
- Business travel and subsistence payments – the rules governing these payments are reviewed alongside other pay issues.
- Family friendly policies – the union will press for policies that support members through their working lives including maternity and paternity pay, shared parental leave and flexible working policies.
Keeping in touch through your eBranch
Some branches use our eBranch system to keep their members informed about their pay negotiations. If your branch has its own eBranch you'll automatically see a link to it on the members' page once you've logged into the site.