Aberdeenshire UNISON

1.5% Pay award for Inspire Staff

Inspire have awarded staff a 1.5% increase in pay from November 1st.

There were concerns that Inspire would be unable to fund any pay award at all for 2006/7 due to increased difficulties in local government funding. However, Bob Revie, Aberdeenshire Branch secretary, met with the board of Inspire to put forward UNISON's case for an increase, following which the board agreed to "a modest pay increase".

Chief Executive Catriona McPhee-Smith wrote to staff in November stating that this increase would not have been possible without the help of staff in keeping costs down where possible. Inspire were also forced into reviewing a number of posts in training, SVQ and support services, and regrettably, a small number of posts were lost.

While UNISON's view is that any increase is better than none, once again Inspire staff find themselves falling further behind local government colleagues, who agreed a 2.5% pay award for both 2006/7 and 2007/8.