Harrods restaurant staff strike averted after wage victory | Harrods

Catering workers at Harrods say they got a 25% pay rise, with some chefs now earning more than £ 12.50 an hour – avoiding a threat of strike action during Christmas week.

United Voices of the World (UVW), which represents the waiters and chefs at the Knightsbridge department store, said the deal represented a “new benchmark for compensation in the hospitality industry”, with some Harrods workers online for an additional £ 5,000 a year. To pay. He said the deal, for some, included agreed annual salary increases of 3% from 2023.

The union said early last month it would vote on staff over a potential strike due to poor pay and heavy workload for staff after job cuts.

A restaurant worker said: “After weeks of organizing with our union, UVW, we are delighted that our bosses have engaged with us and recognize our hard work. We will get the pay raise we fought for and deserve – good news for us and the workers beyond. “

UVW General Secretary Petros Elia said: “We are proud to set a new benchmark for the sector, a sector known for its poverty wages and appalling conditions. It is the assertion of the power of organized and strike-ready workers – it remains the largest and most powerful tool in the arsenal of workers today. The fight doesn’t end there – we are now talking to the cast staff to make sure they don’t get left behind. We said it was time for £ 12 and now that time has come.

Harrods said Tuesday that the salary increase for restaurant staff was not motivated by the threat of union action, but came after three months of reviews to ensure salaries were up to the standards of the ‘industry.

The retailer said in a statement: “This has been driven entirely by discussions and on-going internal work with our restaurant colleagues, and at no point during this three-month process have we engaged a third party. .

“We are constantly reviewing our compensation policies to ensure we continue to attract and retain the best talent. “

Harrods, which is owned by Qatar Holding, the investment arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, said the Covid-19 pandemic was a significant challenge for the company last year. Sales fell 50% to £ 429.5million in the year ending late January 2021 and the company recorded a pre-tax loss of £ 68million on a profit of £ 232million a year ago.

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