SINGLE STATUS CONSULTATION UNISON ABERDEENSHIRE
1.1 In the first 3 weeks of the consultation period (18 September
to 6 October) UNISON held seven open surgeries to allow our members
to speak to us about the single status proposals and how they were
affected by them.
1.2 We did not take a head count and many of the members who came
to see us did so as a representative or spokesperson for others
at the workplace. That said, I would estimate that we have the views
of around 900 of our members out of a current total of 1947 in the
2. GENERAL ISSUES
2.1 The main issue raised by almost everyone was the "mapping"
process. While specific points are raised later in this response,
two general points emerged.
2.1.1 The absence of employee/jobholder involvement in the process.
Some who had been interviewed for job evaluation felt strongly that
they should have had individual feedback from their interview, as
was promised by the Job Analyst Team. Others who were not interviewed
under job evaluation similarly felt that as no one asked their views
they have no ownership of, or confidence in, the exercise.
2.1.2 "Mapping" based on the views and understanding of managers
is viewed with extreme scepticism. Indeed during the consultation
the Helpline has advised callers to discuss their concerns with
their line manager and when they have followed this up their manager
has no knowledge of the process. In some cases managers have agreed
to champion the case to have the mapping altered. There is a strong
view that senior management have no knowledge of the detail of day
to day jobs in their organisation, and in an organisation of this
size neither could they. As a result many mapping decisions appear
to have been made on the basis of existing pay or on job title.
For this scheme to be robust the main criteria needs to be the job
content. Our membership is not satisfied this has been done.