Aberdeenshire UNISON

Negotiations on changes to terms and conditions for Inspire staff Oct 09

Negotiations are underway on proposed changes to terms and conditions for Inspire staff.

Bob Revie, Branch Secretary said, "A further consultation is underway on an improved offer. This includes a proposal on a pay increase and letters will be sent out soon."

Inspire Pay Claim 2008/2009

17th July 2008
Inspire members vote to accept 2.3%

Inspire members who returned a consultative ballot have voted to accept the 2.3% pay award for 2008/08. This will be backdated to 1st April 2008.

8th July 2008
Branch consults on 2.3% offer

The branch had consulted UNISON members in Inspire on the pay offer of 2.3% and sent ballot papers out to all Inspire members. UNISON representatives were of the view that they could not obtain an improvement to this offer and recommended that members accept the 2.3% as offered.

The pay claim
UNISON had submitted a 4% increase on all spinal column points on the current Inspire pay scale for all Inspire staff with effect from 1 April 2008.

Jim Murphy"This was in an effort to continue UNISON's desire to keep Inspire staff salaries in touch with those of colleagues in Local Government, and prevent them from falling even further behind," said Jim Murphy, steward, Inspire.

Employers in Local Government made an offer of 3 year settlement worth 2.5% in each year. This has been rejected and Local Government staff are currently being balloted on industrial action.

"However, members in Inspire are not part of the Local Government pay mechanism. Therefore we moved to the next stage which was to consult with members in Inspire as to whether you wished to accept the 2.3% award offered, or you wished to reject it and instruct your UNISON representatives to go back to the Board and seek an improvement to the offer," said Bob Revie, Branch Secretary.

On a return of 19% a majority voted in favour of accepting the offer. This will be backdated to 1st April 2008 and concludes this year's negotiations.

A majority vote to reject the offer would have meant members would then need to meet with their UNISON representatives to advise them of what course of action they might then wish to take.