Pay Campaign 2008

Mar 19 2009 - 20:00
On Wednesday this week, around 50 members came to the Council Chamber in City Hall to attend the 2009 branch annual general meeting. The branch was pleased to see so many members present and would like to thank those members for attending during a very sunny lunchtime.
Mar 5 2009 - 19:36
Unison members have been awarded a 2.75% pay increase for 2008/09.  The decision comes after the 2008 pay dispute was referred to ACAS, the arbitration service, after the Local Government Employers refused to increase their offer of 2.45%.  An extra £100 has already been agreed for the lowest paid. 
Feb 17 2009 - 20:00
UNISON and other council unions put their case for a larger 2008-9 pay award  to ACAS last week. The submission and evidence was presented in an oral hearing, followed by the employers.  There is no indication yet of when the ACAS panel will respond to submissions.
Jan 23 2009 - 16:12
At last we have news on the pay issues for 2008/9 and the extended pay battle that we thought was near to an end in September looks to be nearing conclusion soon. The employers and trade unions had agreed to refer the pay claim to ACAS and had also agreed a terms of reference at that time.  The employers side then changed those terms of reference and the trade unions agreed in an effort to get this issue sorted as soon as possible. Confirmation has been received of the ACAS timetable:
Dec 17 2008 - 17:00
Since our last report on the 2008 pay claim in early November, and the receipt of the interim pay award of 2.45% in November’s pay packets, there has been no news from the results of the arbitration process. We had expected to hear of the Arbitrator’s decision in early December; however, it appears that the process is still continuing. We will let you know as soon as there is any news.
Dec 2 2008 - 19:00
We live, as they say, in interesting times. We have just witnessed blind panic on the world stock markets, collapses of major banks and insurance institutions, whole economies on the brink of bankruptcy. How this will all pan out nobody knows (I’ve always liked the quote, though I’m not sure who it’s from, that “economic forecasting is not a respectable human activity”), but as we head into recession, job losses and home repossessions are becoming an altogether more regular occurrence.
Nov 6 2008 - 19:00
A finalised 2008/09 pay settlement is growing nearer, following the interim increase to be awarded in November of 2.45%. The arbitration process is moving forward with both the Trade Union and the Employers’ side making written submissions to the arbitration panel later this month, and an oral hearing expected to follow in early December. The final pay award will then be made by the Arbitrator.
Oct 17 2008 - 15:26
Employers have agreed to pay council workers an interim 2.45% pay rise in their November pay packets to tide them over Christmas, which will be backdated to April.  The final settlement of the 2008 pay claim awaits the results of arbitration, and any difference between this interim measure and the final increase will be paid to employees at a later date.
Oct 15 2008 - 12:53
There has been no further news since the 2008 claim was referred to arbitration. This follows the decision of Unison’s NJC Committee not to ask members to take any further industrial action in relation to this year’s pay offer.
Sep 22 2008 - 11:48
UNISON’s NJC Committee met last week to review progress in the negotiations over this year's pay claim.  A number of important decisions were made at the meeting:
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