Payday comes early for VMO2 employees

The CWU has warmly welcomed a proactive move by Virgin Media O2 to ease post-Christmas cost-of-living pressures on ex-O2 employees by moving their January pay date five days forward.

National officer Tracey Fussey explains: “Given that all VMO2 employees were paid early in December – rather than the customary last working day of the month that normally applies to our former O2 members – that meant that those in our recognised bargaining unit were faced with the prospect of a particularly long gap between pay dates at what, for many, is an especially expensive time of the year

“To its great credit, VM02 recognised the financial pressures this would cause some – an issue which had also been flagged up to the union by a small number of members – and proactively sought consultation with the CWU to address the issue.

“The company’s suggestion was that they move the January payroll date for our former O2 members to the same date as the VM payroll (26 January 2023) – an idea that the CWU national team immediately recognised was a common-sense solution, providing at least some respite when it comes to the financial hangover of the festive season!”

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