Posted by on May 15, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues The below letter has today been sent to all workplaces, added to our website, e-mailed to all members who have signed up for updates, e-mailed to all stewards to distribute to members, and added to our Facebook page. If you wish to be added to our e-mail list please use link on the contact us tab.   Dear Member RE-EVALUATION PROJECT – PAY REVIEW By now you should be aware of UNISON’s long running campaign to achieve equal pay for groups of members who have had low earnings due to alleged gender discrimination. As a result of the Council’s decision to settle these claims with UNISON and the other claimant groups (Fox and Partners, UNITE) we have finally won the right to have these jobs reviewed. Our aim is to have these undervalued jobs looked at and have the correct grade applied to them through a new joint evaluation process. Fox and Partners settled first and as part of their agreement requested that certain jobs would undergo a re-evaluation. When we settled on the same cash terms as Fox and Partners for equal pay, these jobs were added as a condition of our agreement. These jobs are:- Playground Supervisors School Crossing Patrollers Home Support Workers Road Sweepers Refuse Collectors Gardeners at grades 4 & 5 Chargehand Gardeners at grade 6 We have an agreement that UNISON can add additional jobs to this list to be re-evaluated, and our lawyers are currently working on which job groups this will cover. The trade unions (UNISON, UNITE, GMB) have not reached formal agreement on how these evaluations will take place as yet, but training for trade union job analysts has begun, and job holders who will be interviewed for this process have been identified. However, the branch is not blind to the fact that this achievement only covers those jobs involved in equal pay issues. To that end we are discussing changes to the current re-evaluation policy with the Council to allow other groups of employees to have a fair and balanced evaluation of their job. UNISON feel that the current process is far too restrictive, and that it must change, ideally before October 2015. Further information will be provided when an agreement on the evaluation process is reached, in the meantime I hope this has been helpful. John Mooney  ...

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Equal Pay Update

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Colleagues I can confirm that Thompsons started sending out batches of equal pay offers tonight, and that work will continue over the weekend. Our previous statement stands – it will take a week/maybe two before every offer is out, but rest assured it will be processed asap. One piece of advice that will be in your offer is that the offer cannot not be discussed with anyone other than immediate family. Please be smart and don’t be posting details on Facebook as this is immediate irrefutable proof that you have in fact disclosed details of your offer. I have no update for those who have not made a claim/wish to make a claim – as promised, details as soon as we have them. John...

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