SINGLE STATUS UPDATE 5 JUNE 2007
ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL SINGLE STATUS
Implementation 1st July 2007
The Single Status Agreement between Aberdeenshire Council and the
Trade Unions is now due to be implemented on 1 July 2007.
This date was originally set at 1 June 2007 but was put forward
to allow the Council to complete all the necessary work.
Your increase in pay will be backdated to 1 January 2007 although
you should be aware that weekend enhancements will not be backdated.
This enhancement will change from 1 July 2007.
Payment of your backdated pay You should note that Aberdeenshire
Council originally stated that all backdated payments due would
be paid to all staff during the month of June. Unfortunately, this
promise was made before the Payroll Section was consulted.
UNISON has now been told that all backdated payments due will be
processed gradually. All staff should receive any backdated payment
due by no later than October 2007. UNISON is unhappy that you have
to wait but is aware of the massive task our members in the Payroll
Section are undertaking.
Your Contract of Employment These will be issued to all
staff during May and June. Please check your contract carefully.
If the details are incorrect please contact the Single Status Helpline.
Your Single Status grade If you are not happy with your
grade and wish to appeal you must submit the "Mapping Appeal Application
Form" you receive with your new contract and submit it to the Council.
If you wish UNISON to support you throughout your appeal - please
photocopy the "Mapping Appeal Application Form", write your UNISON
Membership No. on the back and send a copy to this office. You will
receive an acknowledgement from UNISON for receipt of the copy.
If you have not received this acknowledgement from us within one
month please give us a call.
Appeal process An appeal procedure was agreed as part of
the Single Status negotiations. However, UNISON met recently with
the Council to discuss practicalities of the process and found that
some parts of the original agreed appeal procedure had changed.
Obviously, this caused UNISON some difficulties and the Council
has agreed to review the process and reinstate the original agreed
procedure. At the next meeting between Aberdeenshire Council and
the Trade Unions the reinstatement of the agreed procedure should
UNISON is aware this is a stressful and confusing time for
members affected by Single Status. We will do our utmost to ensure
you fully understand the process, you receive appropriate advice
and, of course, our continued support.