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Dispute Averted At Bridgend Council

Thursday, May 1, 2014

GMB Reaches Agreement With Bridgend Council To Avert Dispute Over Pay And Bargaining Arrangements

The council agreed to consider a number of alternative ideas put forward by the trade unions for achieving the savings says joint statement.

GMB, the union for staff in public services, has deferred consideration of a ballot of members for industrial action after reaching agreement on 29th April to explore alternative ideas to avert a dispute at Bridgend Council.

Bridgend Council is threatening to move away from the terms and conditions of employment set for its 7,000 staff by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services.  That would mean the Council ignoring the national pay negotiations and only pay 1% to the two lowest pay scales to avoid paying below the national minimum wage.

Kelly Andrews, GMB Regional Officer, said  “GMB have been in negotiations for several months but the Council stated that they intended to withdraw from the NJC, leaving GMB members terms and conditions such as sickness, annual leave and other benefits vulnerable.

GMB met with the Bridgend Cabinet members on 29th April to try to resolve the situation before it escalated any further.

Following that meeting joint statement from the council, GMB, Unison and Unite said "At the meeting, the council agreed to consider a number of alternative ideas put forward by the trade unions for achieving the savings.

"These alternative ideas are currently being compiled and once submitted will be carefully analysed by the council in greater depth."

I hope we are able to make progress with these alternative ideas to avert a dispute”.

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Contact: Kelly Andrews on 07980 753131 or 029 2049 1260 or GMB press office 07921 289880

 

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