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BONUSES RAISE EQUALITY PROBLEM

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Council staff with bonus-enhanced salaries could create problems for both employers and unions in the transition to...
Council staff with bonus-enhanced salaries could create problems for both employers and unions in the transition to single-status, according to personnel consultant Alan Fowler.

Writing in this week's LGC, Mr Fowler warns that councils trying to apply the principle of equality of pay for work of equal value will need to decide whether bonused employees should be rated by basic pay or average total earnings.

He uses the example of a refuse collection driver and a word processor operator, whose jobs are judged the same size using the new job-evaluation scheme. The driver's pay is less than the WP operator's, but exceeds it when bonuses are included.

Mr Fowler says all the options for producing a new 'correct' salary 'seem likely to be rejected by the employer, the employee or both'.

He says: 'It is a pity issues of this kind were not addressed more thoroughly before the agreement was concluded.'
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