Statement: Review of employee terms and conditions

By on 10/09/2010 in News

Statement from Stephen Hughes on Section 188 Notice issued to Trades Unions on September 8 2010.

“It is estimated the council will need to reduce its net expenditure by £330million over the next three to four years which equates to around a third of our overall net spend.

“The magnitude of this financial pressure is immense. The council needs to radically review its overheads and expenditure and as part of this there is a need to broaden the existing review of employee allowances and terms and conditions of employment which began earlier this year. We also have a duty to ensure that any payments that we make to employees are fair and meet the legal requirements of Equal Pay legislation. “

“In addition to the allowances already under review, the council has started consulting with trades unions on the following:

  1. Review of car payments, exploring the termination of the current allowances namely, essential and casual user allowances, review the application of two different mileage rates based on engine size.
  2. Review the criteria applied for the allocation of car parking spaces for employees
  3. Review the terms and conditions on which JNC officers are employed
  4. Replace and or introduce where applicable a revised suite of People Management Policies and Procedures within the Conduct cohort, namely; Disciplinary Procedure, Grievance Procedure, Capability Procedure, Dignity at Work Procedure and Code of Conduct
  5. Introducing Job Groups as the mechanism for deploying employees within the council as opposed using to job descriptions
  6. The removal of the Craft Red Book as a recognised set of terms and conditions for BCC employees and the harmonisation of any affected employees onto the Green Book and local NJC terms and conditions.
  7. The introduction of a revised contract of employment for BCC

“On Wednesday (September 8), the council issued a section 188 notice to trades unions advising them of its intention to consult on the additional proposals outlined above with a view to reviewing them.

“The council will be keeping employees informed of the proposals and the consultation. To support this, a dedicated page is being created on the council's intranet, and this will run in parallel with updates by bulletins.

“It is important to remember at this time the council is consulting with trades unions on employee allowances and terms and conditions of employment with a view to reaching agreement.

“No decisions have been made at this time and every effort will be made to minimise the impact on employees.”

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