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GMB No Vote In Aberdeenshire

Friday, January 25, 2013

GMB members vote to reject proposed cuts to terms and conditions at Aberdeenshire council.

GMB has notified the Council of rejection of the proposed changes and we now await an agreed date to meet with the Council to discuss the outcome of the ballot says GMB.

GMB has notified Aberdeenshire Council that members have yet again voted today to reject council’s proposed changes to their terms and conditions of employment.See notes to editors for details of cuts proposed.

Janet Adams, GMB Organiser, said “GMB have attended several meetings with the Council since Aberdeenshire Council first proposed to change the current terms and conditions and have negotiated several changes to the proposals.  GMB members have clearly said through the ballot process that they still find the proposals unacceptable”.

GMB has notified the Council of their member’s rejection to the proposed changes and we now await an agreed date to meet with the Council to discuss the outcome of the ballot.”

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Contact: Janet Adams GMB Organiser on 07738 486317 or 01224 582 367.  GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to Editors

GMB press release Monday 14th January 2013

GMB To Consult Members On Revised Terms From Aberdeenshire Council In Ballot That Closes On 25th January

Although Aberdeenshire Council has made improvements to their proposed package of cuts let us remember they are nevertheless proposing cuts to peoples’ terms and conditions says GMB.

GMB is the put revised terms and conditions of employment to members employed by Aberdeenshire council in a new ballot which will close on 25th January 2013.  This follows negotiations by GMB with Aberdeenshire Council on 12 December 2012.

As a result of these negotiations Aberdeenshire Council revised the Weekend Working Allowance to retain the current enhanced rate of time and one half from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday.

The implementation dates for the proposed changes to shift and car allowance have been changed as a result of the negotiations. Shift Allowance “buy-out” is now proposed to be paid in April 2013 instead of November 2012.Car Allowance of 40p will increase to 45p from February 2013 instead of November 2012 and the lump sum payments will continue until 31 March 2013 after which they will be discontinued.

These revised terms arose after GMB members rejected the previous proposals in a ballot in September 2012.

Janet Adams, GMB Organiser, said “Members will now vote on these revised terms and conditions. Although Aberdeenshire Council has made further improvements to their proposed package of cuts to terms and conditions let us remember they are nevertheless proposing to cut peoples’ terms and conditions.

Members have already suffered a wage freeze for the last 2 years whilst everything else has went up in price and are extremely concerned as to how they will financially manage. These proposals hit the front line staff who deliver essential services to the public.

Aberdeenshire Council has agreed along with all other councils in Scotland to pay a living wage which is good news for members on the bottom pay grade all across Scotland".

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