Transport for Greater Manchester workers furloughed on full pay

Over 100 transport workers employed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) have been furloughed on full pay thanks to the collective strength of belonging to a trade union.

From this week, workers employed in the commercial activities of TFGM including workers in shops, cafes and some bus station staff, will be furloughed on 100 per cent of their salary. An agreement has also been reached to ensure that workers with underlying health problems employed by TFGM will also be furloughed on full pay.

Under the job retention scheme, workers will receive 80 per cent of their wages from the government up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The agreement with TFGM means the company will meet the cost of the additional 20 per cent for around 100 workers to bring them up to 100 per cent of pay.

Unite regional officer Tanya Sweeney said: “Over 100 staff have been furloughed on full pay thanks to the collective strength of the unions. The unions have reached an excellent agreement for workers employed in the commercial arm of TFGM.  

 “Staff are being furloughed on full pay for 3 weeks initially but we have a guarantee that if the period is extended the workforce will continue to receive their full pay. Additionally, the unions have reached an agreement to ensure all workers with underlying health problems at TFGM will also be furloughed on full pay.”

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