Nov 15 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
council pay cut
SENIOR managers will have their pay reduced after the council and unions reached an agreement on how to modernise working conditions while cutting costs.
Union reps said they have worked hard to mitigate the worst of the original modernising proposals by negotiating a hybrid agreement with Harrow Council.
Details of the agreement include reductions in basic pay for senior managers and other staff, while the lowest paid will see an increase in basic pay, reductions in payments for overtime and weekend working, greater choice for employees in working arrangements and compensation payments for those staff most affected.
Unison regional organiser, John Noblemunn said: “In what are difficult times for public sector workers across local government and in an era of unprecedented cuts to financial livelihoods, we have listened to the views of our members and have worked hard to mitigate the worst of the original modernising proposals by negotiating a hybrid agreement with Harrow Council.”
GMB Regional Organiser, Stella George-Duesbury added: “GMB Union worked hard in these negotiations to provide the best possible outcome.
“We were initially presented with proposals that our union could not endorse.
“Having sought our members views across the council, including schools, we held numerous meetings, sent out a number of newsletters to keep our members updated and most importantly, put forward their views to the council.
“It has been a long and in some circumstances, tense negotiations, however, we believe that we have arrived at the best possible position based on the government cuts and the state of our economy.”
A joint statement was sent to council staff last week by chief executive of Harrow Council, Michael Lockwood and the union reps which said that an agreement had been reached which has been signed-off by regional and national officers.
Mr Lockwood, said: “While many councils have merely sought to reduce costs through reductions in pay, we have directly consulted staff and given them a choice.
“Their views and feedback have shaped this agreement with the trade unions and we believe this has resulted in a better outcome for the council and staff.”