CUTS UPDATE!

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in News | 0 comments

UNISON remain in talks with NLC over proposed cuts to Terms & Conditions, changes to our pay and grading model and a move to a single term time calculator, but we are reaching a critical stage in the process with the cuts scheduled to be delivered on 1 April 2014. NLC are still looking for over £4.5m of savings from our hard won terms and conditions, savings which will affect your salary if you receive any kind of add on to pay. These include:- Reduction of Overtime Rates to plain time Removal of Non Core Hours Allowance Removal of Designated Car Users Allowance Removal of Night Shift Allowance Removal of Professional Fees/Telephone Allowances Our members who will be on the receiving end of this attack make up the lowest paid service group within the Council (the others being teaching staff and the chief officers) and UNISON has told the Council that “we’re all in it together” – why should one service group carry the whole burden? UNISON has also demanded some kind of protection for the very lowest paid. To date the Council has not agreed to alter their plans in any way and time is running out for them to present options to us that we can even think about giving to you, our members, for consideration. Having said that, UNISON feel that there is a recognition from the Council of the hardship that these cuts will cause, and as such any examples of the difficulties the loss of these allowances will put you in would be helpful to our case. As well as hitting our members take home pay, the Council has also been looking at the pay and grading model with a view to finally meeting their equality obligations. Equal pay claims on behalf of our members are currently at tribunal and NLC need to fix the problems that their failed pay and grading model caused to prevent ongoing liability. Their unwillingness to come to the table on this issue over the last 7 years has created a huge financial strain on the Council which ultimately will be paid by you and I in terms of jobs, services, and terms and conditions. Talks continue on the term time calculator changes, with a small benefit to be experienced by most of our members who will be affected. Get in contact with the branch, let us know how these cuts would affect you, give us further examples that we can put to the Council. e-mail:-  info@unisonnorthlan.org.uk call:- 01698...

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‘Pay freeze must thaw’ – that’s the message from North Lanarkshire Council workers on Fair Pay Day

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Local government workers across North Lanarkshire took part in a day of action on June 27th to mark Fair Pay Day. (READ MORE – Click to read more)   UNISON North Lanarkshire called on Government to put an end to ongoing pay freeze but also wanted to recognise that North Lanarkshire Council has implemented the living wage within the authority.   Union members, from UNISON, GMB and Unite, will be marking Fair Pay Day by launching a nationwide petition and urging politicians and members of the public to sign up to fair pay for local government workers. The main event organised by the North Lanarkshire branch was a stall and campaign launch outside Motherwell Civic Centre on Wednesday afternoon. North Lanarkshire UNISON Branch Secretary, John Mooney commented, “It was fantastic to see the local councillor’s show up and support our campaign and sign our petition. Along with members of the public and council employees, 12 elected members from the Councils labour group signed our petition and support board. The branch would like to commend the council for implementing the living wage this year guaranteeing that no employee will earn under £7.20 per hour. The Fair Pay Campaign also focuses on the Government Pay Freeze. John continues, “The cost of gas, electricity, fuel and food has risen sharply while local government workers’ pay has remained the same. This means workers are worse off now than before – it’s not a pay freeze, it’s a pay...

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Tory attack on union facility time is nothing more than mischief making, says UNISON North Lanarkshire

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in News | 0 comments

UNISON has hit back against Tory MSP Margaret Mitchell attack on trade union facility time and says it amounts to nothing more than mischief making. Trade union facility time is common practice in both the private and public sector, endorsed by law and statutory guidance and widely accepted by employers as a sensible way of facilitating engagement with workplace representatives. John Mooney, Branch Secretary of UNISON in North Lanarkshire, said: “Margaret’s attack on trade union reps is nothing more than mischief making. Union reps are, in fact, a massive boost to our workplaces. We all know the value of trade union facility time; study after study has confirmed that trade union representatives save councils money through their everyday work around sickness absence, suspensions, training, reductions in tribunal claims and costly legal action. This adds up to a massive saving for the taxpayer. “Given the huge scale of cuts hitting the public sector, the role of workplace reps in our public services is more important than ever before. Attacking union reps – who already give countless hours of extra work outside of their facility time – doesn’t make any sense and would only cost the taxpayer more money in the long...

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