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Dispute At Medway Council

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Dispute Looms In Medway Council Over Tory Plans To Dismiss And Re-Engage Staff So As To Impose Performance Related Pay Scheme In 2015

Medway Council has already said that they do not intend to pay any increase this year after four year pay freeze claiming to have no money says GMB. 

GMB and Unison the unions for staff at Medway Council, responded to proposals by Conservative controlled council to dismiss and re-engage all of their staff at a considerable cost because they want to impose a performance related pay scheme.

Frank Macklin, GMB Regional Officer, said “The public will see their council tax increased in the latest draft budget, with the Conservative controlled local authority claiming it is needed to save essential services.

Nearly £6.5 million is being wasted again on needless projects that residents of Medway do not want or need. The council plans to spend £4.5 million on a concrete runway at Rochester Airport and a further £2 million moving a perfectly good library in Strood.

The Conservative controlled local authority have already proved themselves unable to balance a budget when they went millions of tax payers pounds over budget when closing the old bus station and moving it to the new site in Chatham.

At the same time, the Conservative controlled council has voted to dismiss and re-engage all of their staff at a considerable cost because they want to impose a performance related pay scheme.

Conservative councilor’s voted to sack their staff despite having no idea what the new scheme will look like or how much it will actually cost to implement

The joint trade unions are disgusted with this latest blow to Medway’s dedicated staff who have not had a pay rise in four years and have taken a pay cut of up to 18% in real terms. The new pay scheme is not due to start until 2015 and Medway Council have already said that they do not intend to pay any increase again this year as they have no money.

This comes at a time when all other local authorities have given pay increases to their staff and even central government announcing that local authority staff should see an increase after a longer than expected pay freeze in the public sector

The joint trade unions feel local authority management and councilors have let themselves and their employee’s down. This is because they have not consulted meaningfully with their staff and they have failed to provide the trade unions with essential information we needed to consult with our members. These vital documents were not given to the trade unions until 50 minutes after the consultation with staff finished.

We are now in dispute with Medway council and we are currently exhausting internal procedures to see if we can resolve this issue.”

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Contact: Frank Macklin, GMB 07983 326743 or Mark Hammond Unison 07984 830743 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251823

 

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