Date: 30 May 2007
Quarriers pay dispute settled
UNISON Scotland members at leading Scottish care charity Quarriers,
have voted today overwhelmingly in a postal ballot to accept an
improved pay deal to resolve the current pay dispute.
The improved offer of 2.5% or £400, includes a flat rate element.
The deal also settles pay for the year ahead based on a further
2.5% increase from 1 October 2007 and an extra day's holiday entitlement.
Quarriers and UNISON have agreed to review the grading of the
lowest paid members of staff and to campaign jointly for improved
funding to the voluntary sector. UNISON has also agreed to work
constructively with Quarriers to reduce sickness absence.
Simon Macfarlane, Regional Officer for UNISON said "The ballot
result is great news as it settles a dispute no one wanted. It is
vital that UNISON and voluntary organisations ensure that Scotland's
newly elected Councils and the Scottish Executive address the funding
crisis we face."
Phil Robinson, chief executive of Quarriers said: "I am pleased
that the whole issue of pay is resolved with our staff, with minimum
disruption to our care services, and that UNISON has agreed to work
with us to address the issue of funding of voluntary sector contracts,
so that our staff will not be penalised in future. This gap in funding
in the voluntary sector was highlighted in the survey carried out
by Community Care Providers Scotland (CCPS)."
For Further Information Jointly from: Jane Smith/Carol
Anderson, The Business tel 0131 718 6022 And: Chris Bartter, UNISONScotland
Communications Officer - 0870 7777 006; 07715 583729(m) Stephen
Brown, Branch Secretary, UNISON Quarriers Branch mobile: 07738 151150