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Merthyr Council Pay Decision Welcome

Friday, October 17, 2014

GMB Welcome Merthyr Council Decision Not To Go Ahead With Unilateral Imposition Of Up To 3% Pay Cut For Council Workers

Members can now look to approaching Christmas without the fear of termination and re-engagement on lesser terms and conditions hanging over them says GMB.

GMB welcomed the decision by Merthyr Council not to go ahead with unilateral imposition of up to 3% pay cut for council workers. See notes to editors for copy of the GMB press release on the proposed cuts.

Gareth Morgans, Regional Organiser, said “A demonstration outside the Civic Centre prior to a Council meeting led to the Council, at the very last minute, pulling a report which would have given executive powers to the Chief Executive Officer for him to issue a Section 188 notice to enforce a cut of up to 3% in the pay of Council workers.

In a meeting which lasted only minutes, the Leader of the Council read a statement to advise members that the Report to Council was not proceeding.

If Merthyr had gone ahead with this, it would have been the starting pistol to a race to the bottom in cutting terms and conditions outside of the NJC Agreement.  By forcing this U-turn, we have preserved the integrity of the National Joint Council Agreement on terms and conditions.  The fear was always if one Council goes down this road successfully, then others will follow.

Members can now look to approaching Christmas without the fear of termination and re-engagement on lesser terms and conditions hanging over them.”

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Contact:  Gareth Morgans 07980 753130 or Mike Payne on  07980 753124 or 01792 467803 or 02920 491260 or GMB press office 07921 289880.

Notes to editor

Copy of GMB press release of 14th October.

PROTEST AT MERTHYR ON WED 15TH OCTOBER AS COUNCIL IS ASKED TO CONSENT TO UNILATERAL IMPOSITION OF UP TO 3% PAY CUT FOR COUNCIL WORKERS

Chief Executive is asking for delegated powers to issue a Section 188 Notice of termination and re-engagement in order to impose a pay cut of up to 3% on local council workers says GMB

GMB and Unison are holding a protest demonstration on 15th October outside the Civic Centre of the County Borough of Merthyr prior to the Council meeting at 3pm at which the Chief Executive is asking for delegated powers to issue a Section 188 Notice of termination and re-engagement in order to impose a pay cut of up to 3% on local Government workers.

GMB and Unison will lobby the Labour Councillors to ask them to vote against this extreme and unconstitutional measure and will serve notice to the Labour Group that they will vigorously oppose any enforced reductions to terms and conditions of employment of its members and will seek legal challenge if necessary.

The details of the protest are as follows:

From 2.30pm Wednesday 15th October

Civic Centre,

Castle Street,

Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN.

There will be trade union members with flags and banners.

Gareth Morgans, GMB Regional Officer, said “GMB and Unison are shocked and disappointed at a report that is going to full Council in Merthyr Tydfil in which the Chief Executive is asking for delegated powers to issue a Section 188 Notice of termination and re-engagement in order to impose a pay cut of up to 3% on local Government workers.

This measure would take Merthyr County Borough Council away from the national Joint Council agreement and make Merthyr a stand-alone authority.

The report suggests that if the Unions do not agree to a 3 year pay cut then the cut imposed will be permanent. The trade unions see this as a gun to the heads of its members and cannot believe that a Labour controlled authority could stoop so low.

Whilst recognising the Council have a mammoth job in controlling the budgetary deficit imposed by this Tory/Lib Dem Coalition Government and passed on by the Welsh Government, we do not see cutting terms and conditions of loyal employees as being the answer to the problems.

For a number of months, the trade unions have put forward numerous suggestions to address the budgetary restraints, most of which have been rebuffed for example, the Council knowing full well that they would have a budgetary deficit refused to increase Council Tax to a level commensurate with a colleague authority, an authority that they have been asked to voluntarily merge with.

The unions call for more meaningful dialogue to avoid this scenario of potentially locking out up to 1,700 workers unless they voluntarily agree to the changes. Dismissal and re-engagement are not the way to conduct employment relations and the powers that be in Merthyr should be ashamed for even considering this course of action.”

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