The Branch would like to thank all those members of staff who turned out yesterday afternoon to let the Councillors on the Personnel Committee know of their strength of feeling about the proposal to reduce the payments to our colleagues who may be facing the loss of their jobs, either now or in the future.
West Berkshire Councillors have deferred a decision to reduce the amount paid to staff who will lose their jobs.
The 5 October 2015 meeting of the West Berkshire Council Personnel Committee considered a paper recommending that the amount staff could expect to receive if being made redundant should be reduced from twice their weekly wage, per year of service to 1.5 times weekly wage, per year of service.
UNISON informed Councillors that there were widespread feelings of outrage and betrayal amongst the staff, who particularly contrasted the proposal with the Councillors’ decision to award themselves a 16.5% increase in allowances earlier this year. Individual members of staff present at the meeting advised that although the proposal would have only a minimal impact on Council budgets it would have a huge effect on those who might lose their jobs and their ability to support their families.
The members of the committee agreed with the UNISON view that the proposal had not been adequately researched or prepared and that, particularly, it might have unfair differential impacts on staff depending on their gender, age or disability.
The committee will consider the proposal again in the near future and UNISON will continue to support the interest of its members.
We will keep you informed through the website and regular bulletins of the next meeting date.