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Birmingham agrees settlement

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Birmingham City Council has finally reached agreement with union negotiators on a single status settlement.

The improved package, reached after two weeks of negotiations, includes variations to the previously proposed seven-tier pay bands, an increase in the number of staff to get pay rises, and a new effective minimum wage for city council staff of£6.18 per hour.

But Unison regional secretary Valerie Broom said the union would not recommend the proposed structure until legal advisers had confirmed it was discrimination-proof, a process expected to take some weeks. Unison, GMB, Unite and UCATT staff were last week explaining the terms of the
settlement to their 20,000 members on the councils.

Elsewhere, an overwhelming majority of Orkney Islands Council staff signed up to the authority’s new equal pay contracts ahead of a deadline last week.

A council spokeswoman said that by the authority’s Friday lunchtime deadline just 40 of its 1,443 full-time and 109 temporary staff had not accepted their new contracts.

“Those who are still rejecting the proposals will be issued with a letter terminating their existing terms and conditions as well as well as offering a contract with new terms and conditions,” she said.
And union members at Plymouth City Council are expected to be balloted on the city’s proposed pay and grading structure in the next month.

It will see pay cuts for around 1,900 staff and increases for approximately 2,700 of the city’s 10,000 staff.

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