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National Trust staff secure wage victory

NATIONAL TRUST workers voted yesterday to accept a “groundbreaking” 4.5 per cent pay offer.

The workers’ union Prospect said the conservation organisation had also promised further talks on creating a “wellbeing strategy” for staff.

Prospect negotiations officer Matt Sperring said: “The National Trust’s pay offer is recognition of the valuable contribution its staff make, which has led to an uplift in its financial performance over the last 12 months.”

Prospect National Trust branch president Paul Stewart said that strong membership figures were “pivotal in creating a partnership of equals between the National Trust and Prospect” and that the pay award was “testament to the benefit to staff of working in a unionised employer.”

Trust director Tina Lewis said it was important to “recognise the hard work of our staff and reward high performance,” adding that “a bigger proportion of this than ever before will be invested in our lower-paid staff.”


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