12:46 Thursday 19 December 2013

JCB workers in the money

Written byRICHARD CASTLE

UTTOXETER’S biggest employer has provided yet more Christmas cheer by offering staff a £400 bonus and a 2.6 per cent pay rise.

The Post and Times previously reported how JCB is set to undertake the biggest expansion in its history with a £150 million, 2,500-job investment.

Now workers at the digger giant are celebrating a ‘very generous’ bonus and pay rise shortly before their Christmas shut-down.

Supply quality team leader Mark Willmore, 40, said: “With JCB giving us really generous bonuses most years, it can be taken almost as a given.

“But it’s important we remember this is actually a fantastic Christmas gift.

“I’ll be investing the cash into my savings with a view to buying a new vehicle in the Spring.”

Shaun Alcock, 46, who is team leader for JCB’s Seven Bay, said: “I think it’s a fantastic, generous offer from Lord Bamford.

“With the recent expansion plans that have been announced, we’re all feeling really secure in our jobs.”

Uttoxeter resident Becky Whittaker, 23, is on JCB’s graduate finance scheme.

She said: “This has given a real buzz to this office and I’ll be spending my bonus on Christmas.

“When the email came through this morning you could feel the positivity about the place.”

Marketing and communications manager Joanne Langton, 24, said: “This is my first year with JCB and it came as a great surprise.

“It shows how well the company’s doing and we’re all really excited for the future.”

Shortly before the bonus was announced, 3,200 shop floor workers voted to accept a 2.6 per cent pay rise for 2014.

The deal will be repeated for the next three years.

The deal affects employees at JCB’s factories in Rocester, Uttoxeter, Cheadle, Rugeley, Wrexham and Foston.

Chief Executive Officer Designate Graeme Macdonald, who takes over as CEO on January 1, said: “We’re pleased to have reached agreement again on a long-term pay deal for JCB’s UK shop floor employees.

“It’s very welcome news and gives us the stability and forward visibility we need to plan ahead as we gear up to face the challenges and opportunities we will face in 2014 and beyond.

“The agreement also demonstrates a very responsible approach by all concerned.”

GMB Works Convenor Gordon Richardson said: “A three-year pay deal does give us some guarantees for the future.

“This year’s team of GMB negotiators for the group has achieved an excellent outcome under some very tough bargaining conditions.

“The deal compares very favourably to those being struck at other companies in the UK but our members have worked very hard over the term of the last deal.”

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