Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Glasgow pay protection settlement

Congratulations to the Glasgow City branch of UNISON, who seem to have won a significant victory in the fight to protect members’ earnings. The branch had threatened a three day strike in opposition to massive pay cuts threatening some members when protection arrangements expired in 2009. The employer had reacted angrily to the prospect of strike action – and UNISON had responded vigorously.

Now the militancy of our members in Glasgow seems to have paid off.

Glasgow seem to have come up with a formula to protect the earnings of “losers” in a pay and grading review by using job redesign to provide an objective justification for the maintenance of earnings. This is very good news for all local government workers, since it means that we have found an appropriate mechanism to protect earnings without perpetuating unequal pay structures.

Maybe there is a lesson here for those employers who imposed pay and grading arrangements without agreement…

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