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Highways Agency: Pay

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) senior managers in his Department (i) gave permission to the Highways Agency to offer and (ii) were informed by the Highways Agency of its intention to offer more favourable terms to its staff at grades 6 and 7 if they opted out of collective bargaining arrangements. (256232)

The Department for Transport was aware that the Highways Agency reward strategy involved changes for Grades 6 and 7. I understand the option for individuals to sign up to new contractual terms was fully discussed with the trade unions. This does not preclude future collective bargaining. It is important that the Highways Agency continues to have flexibility to develop its rewards strategy to meet its particular business needs.