Success for Appeals Training as 16 attend
single status appeals begin, 16 branch officers, stewards and
activists came along to a two day training event on the Appeals
Procedure and the Job Evaluation Scheme, so that they can support
members who have appealed their single status mapping.
A further training event is planned for the New Year so those
who were unable to attend this time will have another chance to
come along then.
Day one focussed on the CoSLA Job Evaluation Scheme which forms
the basis of Aberdeenshire Council's pay and grading structure,
and underpins the Job Families and Job Role Profiles. Participants
looked at the 13 factors which make up the scheme and familiarised
themselves with how these are applied. They undertook exercises
in using the scheme to help them to see how they can support their
members who believe they have been allocated the wrong factor score.
second session took activists through the Appeals Procedure itself,
with a practical focus on how to support members at each stage of
the appeals process.
"We were delighted that so many people chose to come along to the
training and it was clear from their enthusiasm that they are keen
to support their colleagues in UNISON," said Kate Ramsden, Branch
"It is difficult just now to know exactly how the formal stages
of the Appeals Procedure will work, because it is uncharted territory,"
she added. "However, we are as well prepared as we can be and it
will be a case of learning more as we go along."
All those who attended felt that it had been a worthwhile training
event and most have signed up to "shadow" branch officers at the
informal appeals meetings set for the New Year.