Wed 7 Sept 2005
New PRP and job evaluation commitment settles Scottish Enterprise
UNISON members in Careers Scotland have agreed to accept a commitment
from Scottish Enterprise to a new pay system, and called off their
scheduled strike action tomorrow (Thursday).
Meetings at workplaces across Scotland have voted a deal thrashed
out in long meetings last week, to introduce an interim pay deal
for next year, and to negotiate a new PRP scheme to be introduced
Both the 'hybrid' pay deal to be agreed for 2006 and the new system
will comprise both across the board and performance related elements.
These principles were a crucial part of the union's demands.
Joe Di Paola, UNISON's Scottish Organiser (Bargaining), said. "By
sticking together and taking the action they have, Careers Scotland
members have secured the commitment of Scottish Enterprise to the
introduction of a fair and modern pay system, in line with the principles
adopted by other public sector employers. They also have Scottish
Enterprise committed to agreeing this with the unions rather than
imposing it - as they did previously. This has to be seen as a great
victory for the members."
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. Staff have been prepared to trust the commitments
from Scottish Enterprise. Now it is a matter of Scottish Enterprise
delivering on those commitments."
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. Staff recently voted by nearly two to one
for strike action, after taking action short of a strike for some
weeks. They were due to strike on Thursday 8 September.
For Further Information Please Contact: James Corry Branch
Secretary. Tel: 0778 5517204(m) Joe Di Paola (Scottish Organiser
- Bargaining) 07990 505 698(m) Chris Bartter(Communications Officer)
0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)
Scottish Enterprise Careers & Development Branch