Thu 1 Sept 2005
Strike date set, but talks continue at Careers Scotland
UNISON members at Scottish Enterprise (Careers Scotland) plan
to start their campaign of strike action on Thursday September 8
unless current talks prove fruitful, said UNISON today.
A letter was sent to SE Chief Executive. Jack Perry yesterday notifying
the employer of the action. This notice is required under employment
Nearly two-thirds of UNISON members voted by for strike action
in a ballot last month, in the continuing dispute over SE's imposition
of performance related pay. Union officials and Scottish Enterprise
management have been in talks for some days to try and resolve the
Peter Veldon, UNISON regional organiser, said. "The legislation
says that we need to give seven days notice of strike action and
this is why notice has been given. Obviously, there has been some
progress in the talks, and we hope that further progress may mean
we can avoid strike action. But Scottish Enterprise should be under
no illusion - their careers staff are deeply unhappy with the current
PRP scheme and are committed to fighting for its reform, using strike
action if necessary."
UNISON stewards meet today to discuss a draft agreement. Staff
meetings are scheduled for next week.
Notes to the editor: Careers Scotland became part of Scottish
Enterprise in April 2002. SE operated the performance related pay
scheme with existing staff for the last ten years but UNISON believes
it is divisive and has not been modernised in keeping with recommendations
in governmental reports. Despite continuing discussions to reform
the scheme, the employer continued with their previous system for
SE staff and imposed it on Careers Scotland staff.
For Further Information Please Contact: James Corry Branch
Secretary. Tel: 0778 5517204 Peter Veldon (Regional Organiser) 07969
478 254(m) Chris Bartter(Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w)
0771 558 3729(m)
Scottish Enterprise Careers & Development Branch