Partnership deal pays off for ETOL

first_imgPartnership deal pays off for ETOLOn 5 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Utilities firm ETOL is saving nearly £4m a year through its partnershipagreement. The company, bought by the now bankrupt Enron from ICI in 1999, set up itsagreement in 2000 in a bid to improve employee relations. ETOL HR director George Ritchie told the AnUMan conference the agreement hasbeen so successful it saves the firm £3.8m a year. The move has improved the company’s communication with union representativesfrom the MSF and AEEU (now Amicus) and T&G, leading to greater transparencyof knowledge. Ritchie said this allowed the unions to be involved in the problem-solvingprocess. The partnership agreement has resulted in a two-year pay freeze, increasedworking hours, improved shift flexibility and an agreed redundancy programme. “The plant needed a culture change,” Ritchie explained.”People on the ground did not feel they owned anything, nor did they trustanyone including trade union officials. They were disconnected with what wenton. “When the plant was sold employees started to get more involved asissues would be localised, so the buck could not be passed by thecompany.” He told delegates the success of the scheme has helped ETOL attract over£26m in additional investment. The firm has used some of this revenue to offer private medical insurance toemployees. It has also invested £500,000 in staff training and development. In a bid to improve IT skills at the firm employees have also been given theoption of a free home computer and printer, for a £10 yearly lease. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Lydia Beard

first_imgLydia Mae Beard, 88, of Georgetown, Kentucky passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at her home with family by her side.  Lydia was born Saturday, December 19, 1931 in Diablock, Kentucky near Hazard, Kentucky, the daughter of the late John and Lydia (Fields) Flannery.  She married William Beard on July 10, 1954 and he preceded her in death in 2005.  She was a member of the Dillsboro Trinity Lutheran Church and she retired from Star One real estate.  She participated in Trinity’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) and their BINGO activities at The Waters in Dillsboro.  She also provided food and service at funeral dinners.  She attended Bible Class/Topic Studies and served as a Sunday morning Greeter.  Lydia volunteered and supported the efforts of the Dillsboro Community Food Pantry.  She loved her grandchildren, and enjoyed visiting the oceans and beaches, especially Cocoa Beach, Florida.Lydia is survived by her son Jonathan (Melissa) Beard of Shanghai, China and daughter Lisa (Greg) Sizemore of Butterfly, Kentucky; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter Theresa Campbell-Couch, three brothers and a sister.To adhere to the Governor’s Covid-19 mandate, a private visitation will be held for Lydia Beard’s family.  A public graveside service will be held at 2:30 PM Monday, May 4, 2020 at Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro, with Rev. Richard Kolaskey officiating.  Memorials may be given in honor of Lydia to Trinity Lutheran Church or Oakdale Cemetery.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812) 432-5480.  Please reach out to the family through our website at to leave an online condolence message or memory.last_img read more