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A branch briefing from the Scottish Local Government Committee
WHAT's GOING ON!
Issue No. 2 September
Single Status Agreement
The Scottish Local Government Conference was
held in Edinburgh City Chambers on the 9 September 2005, following
a Job Evaluation Seminar held in the morning.
The main issue of the day was the implementation
of the Single Status Agreement. In recent weeks the issue of back
pay and the implementation of the Single Status Agreement has
taken centre stage. The catalyst for this has been the protest
action taken by members in Moray and Aberdeen City and the campaign
being run by Action 4 Equality. Delegate after delegate at the
Conference expressed their concerns and experiences in dealing
with Councils regarding the implementation of Single Status.
There was a clear message to the organisation
for the need for further information and support to Branches and
the need to defend member's "terms and conditions" and
to seek improved protection arrangements which are greater than
the 3 years contained in the Agreement. In addition there is recognition
from the members to address the question of Equal Pay. The legal
department at headquarters have been asked to investigate what
criteria exists for a trade dispute for the Scottish Executive
regarding funding arrangements for Councils.
With regard to the draft the Scottish Joint Council
circular, the negotiators were left with the clear message that
unless the protection arrangements are improved, then UNISON will
not be party to the advice or guidance.
A commitment was given to hold a Recall Seminar/Conference
Following the UK Government's decision to withdraw
its proposed amended regulations to the Local Government Pension
Scheme in England and Wales and to re-engage with the trade unions
in new discussions, including commitments given under the Warwick
Agreement, the Scottish Joint Council following a joint seminar
held on 29 June 2005 in Glasgow City Chambers, agreed a 13 point
statement that has now been issued as an SJC circular. Representatives
from the TGWU, GMB and UNISON met with representatives of the
Scottish Public Pensions Agency on 10 August 2005. The outcome
of the meeting was that the SPPA would be willing to work with
the Scottish Joint Council to develop a new Scottish Scheme within
the parameters of the Treasury and ministerial responsibility
within Scotland. This initiative has been welcomed by the Conference
and dates have been proposed for the remainder of the year for
further discussions with SPPA.
The Scottish Local Government Conference at its
meeting on 9 September 2005 approved consultation arrangements
on the content, size, shape and length of a settlement for the
next pay round, due on 1 April 2006. A timetable of key dates
is set out below ~
Group to agree key information
/ October 2005
and agreement by the unions on size shape and content
of claim to be presented.
of the Scottish Joint Council. - Trade Unions lodge claim
make an offer & Negotiations
reaching a Settlement
1 April 2006
The recently formed Steering Group of the Scottish
Joint Council has agreed to use economic and other relevant information
for this year's pay negotiations and to form a Sub Group to look
at a longer term pay policy and strategy for Scottish local government.
For further information please contact: Stephen Palmer, Organising
Assistant, Douglas House, 60 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3UQ or
Tel: 0131 226 0072