Employee Led Evaluation

Colleagues,

  • Fife Council are offering members an opportunity to revisit the grades of their posts, this is the first time members have been able to challenge their grades since the implementation of Single Status.
  • The first Appeals Window opens on Monday 1st April 2019.
  • There has to have been a significant variation in your role since Single Status and members need supporting evidence of this for an appeal to be successful.
  • The initial Appeals Window closes on Friday 26th April 2019.

Pay Award Update

A number of members have contacted us regarding media reports that the Teaching Unions have received a revised pay offer and asking whether that now means our own pay negotiations have re-opened.

The re-opener clause in our pay deal states “A commitment to re-open negotiations with the Joint Trade Unions in the event of another Local Government bargaining group’s total pay offer value being revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement.”

Here’s what we know of the current position:

– The press is reporting on a letter sent to the Teaching Trade Unions by John Swinney MSP.

– We understand that this is not an ‘offer’ made as part of the collective bargaining machinery – it is a ‘proposal’ made by the Scottish Government without reference to COSLA.

– Only the employer (COSLA) can make an offer – they have not (yet) done so.

– COSLA Leaders, who would have to sign off any revised offer, does not meet until the 29th March.

– We have asked COSLA for clarity on this proposal – how much money is being put in, whether it relates to cost of living increases or pay restructuring and what it would mean in terms of the total pay offer value – we understand the Scottish Government have not yet provided this inforrmation to COSLA.

– We need, and will examine carefully this information when it is recieved, in order to assess whether the terms of the re-opener clause in our pay deal have been met.

– Our Local Government Committee meets on Thursday and will consider our position further at that point.

We will keep you abreast of developments.

Women in the Workplace

8/10 of the lowest paid jobs in the UK are predominately done by women
Encourage others to join our movement and pay the real Living Wage this International Women’s Day

We know women are disproportionately represented in low-paid jobs. That’s why this International Women’s Day we want to encourage other employers to pay the real Living Wage, joining nearly 5000 Living Wage Employers who are going further to ensure women in their workplace can keep their heads above the water.

Pay Ballot Update

***PAY UPDATE***

Members will be aware that whilst UNISON concluded our ballot on pay on the 31st January 2019, with members voting in record numbers to accept the offer, we have been awaiting the outcome of the two other SJC trade unions internal consultations.

The GMB ballot has now also delivered a vote to accept the offer.

The Unite ballot delivered a rejection of the offer.

By majority vote therefore of the trade union side at the SJC meeting today the offer has been accepted.

COSLA will now write to all councils asking them to process payments. They anticipate that most will be able to implement in March salaries – we have asked for details of which councils will not be able to make this implementation timescale and will communicate those details as soon as we have them.

We know that this has been a long process and thank all members for their understanding.

Thank you too for your campaigning activity – it has been by our collective effort that we have secured the best pay deal in local government in a decade.

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