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Fri 2 Sept 2005

New deal on PRP may settle Scottish Enterprise dispute

UNISON members in Careers Scotland are being asked to accept an agreement thrashed out between UNISON and Scottish Enterprise(SE) to agree a new job evaluation and performance related pay system.

The UNISON branch executive has agreed to recommend acceptance to its members at a series of workplace meetings early next week. If staff agree, the strike action scheduled for Thursday 8 September will be called off.

The new system will be negotiated with the SE trade unions and is planned to be introduced by 2007. In the interim a 'hybrid' pay deal is to be agreed for 2006 comprising both across the board and performance related elements.

These principles will be carried forward into the new system. Union officials and Scottish Enterprise management have been in talks for some days to try and resolve the dispute.

Peter Veldon, UNISON Regional Organiser, said. "This is really a breakthrough. Members have been angry both with the nature of this PRP system and with its unilateral implementation. What this agreement does is to agree to change the nature of the scheme and to commit Scottish Enterprise to agreeing it with the unions. Staff can be pleased that their action has moved the management so far."

James Corry, Branch Secretary for UNISON's Scottish Enterprise Branch said "Hopefully this can be the start of rebuilding the trust that has been lost between Scottish Enterprise and its staff in Careers Scotland. If staff agree this arrangement, we will need an early agreement on next years pay round, and will be looking for the same level of commitment from Scottish Enterprise."

Staff meetings are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week.


Notes to the editor: Careers Scotland became part of Scottish Enterprise in April 2002. SE operated its 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. 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)

UNISON Scottish Enterprise Careers & Development Branch