Union will request better pay and greater recruitment to AA from Permira chief

Improved pay and the recruitment of more AA staff will be on union leaders’ wish-list when they meet with Permira managing partner today.

Leaders of the GMB union will today meet with Damon Buffini, Permira managing partner, in a meeting that was arranged last month while the union was heavily campaigning against private equity.

The GMB will put its request to Buffini for what it calls, ‘a basic salary which recognises the hard work and dedication of staff in achieving these profits.’

The GMB leaders’ demands will also include, additional patrol and call centre staff in the AA to end enforced overtime and excessive shifts and to improve service to customers; an end to what the union describes as a, ‘culture of bullying, harassment, surveillance and distrust by managers to achieve targets’; and that the AA management introduce, ‘transparent earnings incentives’.

Paul Kenny GMB general secretary, said: “We have waited a long time for this but we will want a frank discussion with him on economic and management matters relating to the AA. We are also looking forward to hearing an explanation from him as to how exactly keeping the gravy train going for the elite in private equity is of benefit to the nation.”