New council contracts on hold

PUBLISHED: 10:06 26 July 2012


CHANGES to pay enhancements such as overtime for staff at North Somerset Council have been shelved after a major union held a ballot on industrial action.

The authority had proposed a new contract for staff to reduce its outlay on pay by roughly £250,000 a year, according to North Somerset Unison.

The changes would have restricted overtime opportunities and reduced the amount of extra pay for work carried out at certain times.

Unison told workers not to sign the new contract and held a consultative ballot for industrial action, the first stage in the process of taking industrial action.

Of the 27 per cent of members who voted, 86 per cent rejected the proposals.

The turnout was too low to then create a formal ballot for industrial action.

Now, Unison says it has been informed by the council that the changes have been shelved.

North Somerset Unison spokesman Helen Thornton said: “We have been negotiating with the council on this for about two years now. Last week we were told the plans have been put on hold.

“I think they have realised that a lot of local Government workers are low-paid and that this might be one step too far currently.”

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