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Wed 7 Sept 2005

New PRP and job evaluation commitment settles Scottish Enterprise dispute

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 from 2007.

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)

UNISON Scottish Enterprise Careers & Development Branch