A joint union approach to productivity
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• Wilson and Walker Breweries Ltd, of Manchester (members of the Watney Mann group) recently concluded a road transport productivity agreement jointly with the Transport and General Workers' Union and the United Road Transport Union. Under it, efficiency pay is added to commuted overtime. The scheme has yielded higher pay and increased leisure to the three-man crews. Six vehicles and crews have been eliminated without involving any redundancy.
The Wilson and Walker agreement has stemmed from a general agreement between the unions and the Manchester and District Brewers' Society which endorsed the principle of job evaluation in the context of wage negotiations, but left member firms to work out detailed productivity agreements with the unions.
I understand that both unions and Wilson and Walker are satisfied with the results achieved since the agreement took effect last November.
There has been a general speed up in the tempo of beer deliveries to local tied houses. In effect, three loads are now delivered in place of the two delivered previously. Cleaning of vehicles now takes place on Friday afternoons instead of Saturday mornings.