Single Status Update - March 2011

An important step has been taken towards the council’s proposal for single status following a meeting of cabinet on Wednesday.

At the meeting cabinet agreed to UNISON’s request to amend the council’s single status proposal. The amendments put forward and agreed by cabinet include making provisions for up to six months back pay and protection.

The other options considered, but rejected, by cabinet were:

  • Proceed on the basis of the single status proposal negotiated with UNISON and formally submitted to UNISON in 2009, which did not include provision for back pay and protection.

  • Not to implement single status.

The latest developments follow a previous review by UNISON head office which confirmed it was satisfied that the council’s single status proposal met the objective of fair and non discriminatory pay and grading structures and terms and conditions of employment, in accordance with equal pay legislation.

But we asked the council to give further consideration to the position on back pay and protection for employees whose salaries will change as a result of the proposals.

The council’s response will be discussed at the UNISON branch meeting on Thursday 24 March for a decision on whether to recommend the single status proposal to members at a ballot.

The single status steering group (comprised of representatives of the city council and UNISON), which oversees the negotiations and implementation of single status, is due to meet on Friday 25 March to agree the next steps.

Following this meeting we will let you know what the next steps will be, when you can expect to receive details of the proposal and how you are personally affected.

Single status steering group
Friday 18 March 2011