Previous Article Next Article Union route works for Rolls RoyceOn 1 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Rolls Royce staved off mass redundancies and skills shortages thanks to itspartnership with unions, the conference heard.A time-banking arrangement kept staff on full pay during the downturn a yearago until business picked up again. This avoided a large-scale skills shortagelater in the year. Paul Victor, change management director for Rolls Royce & Bentley MotorCars, said without the plan 400 redundancies would have been unavoidable.”Five years ago we would have dealt with it by means ofredundancy,” said Victor. “We did not want to do that this time so welooked at possible solutions.”We came up with 17, the most significant of which was the one thatdeveloped into the time banking agreement,” he said. Under the scheme, staff were sent home on full pay when there was no work.In this way the firm had a ready supply of skilled employees and did not haveto recruit when business picked up.”We had not treated industrial relations as a partnership in the1980s,” Victor added.”We recognised the futility of this. Most of our time was spent head tohead playing hardball. We recognised that this adversarial relationship had togo. We had to recognise the validity of the union representatives.”Rolls Royce is now planning an 80 per cent increase in staff over the nextfive years.