UPDATE 15th SEPTEMBER
Aberdeenshire Council is in the process of issuing single status
information to its staff. You will have received, or soon will,
a pack which will give you information about what single status
will mean for you and your job(s).
Aberdeenshire Council and the trade unions have agreed
a six week consultation period where you will be given information
and your views will be sought.
The Council will hold service briefings where
you will be given information.
The Council will set up a helpline for your
queries and will also arrange a meeting for you should you so
UNISON will hold a series of meetings throughout
Aberdeenshire to listen to your views and questions.
These are as follows:
- Stonehaven Friday 22nd September Upper
- Fraserburgh Monday 25th September Dalrymple
Hall, Room 1
- Peterhead Wednesday 27th September Arbuthnott
House, Council Chamber
- Macduff Friday 29th September Town
Hall, Room 5
- Inverurie Monday 2nd October Town
Hall, Small Hall
- Ellon Tuesday 3rd October Kirk
Centre, Slains Room
- Aberdeen Friday 6th October Woodhill
House Annexe, Marr Room
Please come along and let us know what you think
about these proposals. Please check with you line manager if
you intend to come along during your working day. We will be
at each location from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Although Aberdeenshire Council is asking you to fill
in a questionnaire about your views this is NOT
a formal vote. ONLY the ballot by trade unions
will determine whether the proposal is acceptable for a collective
here for an application form that
you can pass on to a colleague so that their voice can be heard
Single status is a complicated issue that affects
the majority of Aberdeenshire Councilís staff. As with all changes
there are some good and bad points. We have summarised these below.
There remain a number of questions still unanswered.
If you have a query about you and your job(s) firstly please contact
Aberdeenshire Councilís helpline. If you are unable to get an answer
to your query please contact us on 01224 620624 or email: email@example.com,
or come along to one of our meetings where UNISON will be able to
listen to you and help you through the process.
PROS AND CONS
- Aberdeenshire have invested a lot of money
- They have stated they want a happy/contented workforce
- They do not want to see people losing money
- The majority of people are going up/staying the same
- Some jobs will have a chance of redesign in order to maintain
or increase earnings
- An even application of pay points and the same terms and conditions
apply to all workers
- The pay model has been partially independently checked for
- There has been a lack of involvement of job holders in this
- The Council do not intend to give you your job evaluation
- The independent Equality Assessment did not cover all of our
- The Equality Assessment said that if only those jobs going
down were reviewed, this would not be lawful. As a result all
jobs could be reviewed again. This means your grade and job
- There has been a reduction in the rate for working at weekends
- There are reduced overtime rates
- Unsocial hour rates have been cut
- The number of public holidays has reduced although an additional
leave day will be added
- We believe these changes may disproportionately affect some
- The job families are based on a general overview rather
than the actual job. This means we are not certain that your
job has or will be evaluated appropriately.
- Everyone who uses a car will get access to the car allowance
lump sum. The changes in the scheme may mean that some get
a reduced payment.
- The appeals process is still under discussion. The current
proposal is not acceptable.
- You may be asked again in the near future to agree changes
to your job and wages
- There remain equality issues unchecked by the independent
assessor and we await a time table for these to be checked.
Single Status was supposed to address equality issues therefore
this is very important.