Aberdeenshire UNISON

UPDATE 26 January 2007


Talks continue to find way forward

Firstly, many thanks to those of you that took the time to respond to our ballot on the single status proposals.

The results were:

  • Ballot papers issued 1967
  • Ballot papers returned 937 (48% return)
  • Votes for the proposals 532 (57%)
  • Votes against the proposals 397 (42%)
  • Spoiled papers 8 (1%)
  • Majority for 135 (15%)

This means that the majority of UNISON members voted to accept the single status proposals issued by Aberdeenshire Council.

However, there remain a significant amount of members that are unhappy with how the proposals will affect them and UNISON will continue to work with these members and the Council to try to address these issues.

As you may be aware, the other two trade unions involved in the negotiations also balloted their members on the proposals. The majority of members in both these unions, the TGWU and the GMB, voted to reject the proposals.

These ballot results mean that Aberdeenshire Council is unclear on a way forward - although the Council still indicate they wish to implement singe status through agreement with all three unions.

All three trade unions will continue to talk to Aberdeenshire Council over the next few weeks and UNISON will endeavour to find a way forward for our members.

Please be aware the implementation date for single status is still intended to be 1 January 2007 which means that once single status is implemented any increase in pay and allowances arising from single status will be backdated to that date. Aberdeenshire Council will not claim back any overpayment in allowances, etc, paid out between 1 January 2007 and the agreement date.

UNISON will write to you again soon to keep you informed.




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