Commercial fail to consult (again)…

Members in Commercial Branches will now be aware that AXA Commercial is requiring them to work in the office a minimum three days of week. This change to team agreements in place since June 2021 was done without any consultation with, or the knowledge of, Unite in AXA. Following the unilateral suspension of flexitime back in 2019 – again without consultation (as required by the flexitime policy) we had hoped Commercial management would be following Group policy on social dialogue.

The country-wide diktat from the Company appears to contradict the changes to hybrid working contract email sent to staff in June 2021 which stated the levels of office/home working would be decided by “team agreements” (which are agreed at a local not national level) and would take into account you “own preferences”. This instruction from the Commercial exec does not comply with this and we believe could well break rules around custom and practice on working patterns. On top of this we are surprised that management think it is a good idea to increase commuting and travelling costs for under pressure employees during a cost of living rise, especially when many of these staff are not paid the market rate for the role they have.

If you are impacted by these changes and would like to challenge them, could you please contact you local Unite rep as soon as possible.


  1. Steph Green Said,

    March 17, 2023 @ 4:01 pm

    I appreciate you`ve been focussing on Pay negotiations. Now they have concluded what is happening about this issue?

  2. steveblease Said,

    March 23, 2023 @ 9:58 am

    There are wider conversations ongoing at UK and international level on hybrid working. The direction of travel from HO in Paris is a push to have more office attendance, we are looking for an intelligent pragmatic approach.

  3. Gemma Said,

    April 21, 2023 @ 4:03 pm

    Hi Steve, I’m sure you aware but AXA Direct/ Swiftcover and PPP are now trying to implementing more days and despite raising concerns on the Intranet post and being told that a local rep would contact us directly no one received anything of the sort and they have removed everyone’s comments / stopped the ability to comment now, clearly trying to silence us all.

  4. steveblease Said,

    April 27, 2023 @ 10:32 am

    Gemma, not sure who said a local rep would contact you or why. A list of Unite in AXA reps can be found on this website for you to speak to about any concerns.

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