You can download the statement here...
(28th February 2014) Following a meeting last Friday with your employer. The council have formally informed the Trade Unions that they wish to negotiate on significant cuts to pay and conditions of service for all Council staff including :-
- Removing or considerably cutting subsistence, car allowance and excess mileage payments.
- Abolishing incremental progression and replacing with ‘Spot Salaries’. - Removal of pay protection.
- Removal of the current redeployment provisions to be replaced with statutory redundancy notice.
The employer is also saying that they cannot rule out compulsory redundancies.
Whilst we all accept that the Council is being forced to make cuts by the Tory/LibDem Government, we believe that the Council are using the Government cutbacks as a camouflage for cutting Terms & Conditions of employment – the council tried to introduce many of these same changes years before the current government was elected. Your Trade Unions, acting collectively at the time stopped that from happening.
The truth is that local government employees have already suffered from significant pay cuts. The combined effect of pay freezes and lower than inflation pay rises has resulted in a real terms cut in pay for council staff, over recent years, of 18%. Enough is enough. It is now time to say NO. We have made our position clear to the employer regarding this situation, we are not prepared to accept cuts to Terms & Conditions as we do not believe this is the solution. Whilst we will work with the employer, to try to find ways to reduce costs, we accept that this has to be balanced and we will always be guided by what you, the members, tell us. With that in mind the following Trade Union meetings have been arranged to hear your views and guide our negotiations:
Council Chamber Civic Hall 18th March 17:30 and 21st March 13:00
Pudsey Civic Hall 19th March 13:00 and 21st March 08:00am
John Charles Centre : Parkside Suite 19th March 08:00 am
Please do your utmost to attend one of the meetings and ensure any colleagues that are not a Trade Union member, join now, as this will ensure that they also have a say.
On behalf of the Leeds City Council, Joint Trade Union Committee.