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Breakthrough in Birmingham single status pay dispute

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Unions and Birmingham City Council are claiming a breakthrough in negotiations over new single status pay structure for the authority’s 40,000 staff.

After two weeks of intensive talks, proposals for revising the controversial pay and grading structure - supposed to take effect from 1 April - were agreed.

They are due to be explained to members of Unison , the GMB , Unite and UCATT today and tomorrow.

Among the revisions to the controversial original proposals are:

  • Variations in the tiers of the seven pay bands

  • An effective minimum wage for city council staff of £6.18 per hour

  • An increase in the number of staff who will see their pay rise to 48% from 45.5%

  • An extra 12 months of pay protection for staff who will see their basic pay cut

See Resources (below, right) for full details of the pay and grading offer

Legal warning

Anita Edwards, a regional officer for Unison in the West Midlands said it was fair to call the revised pay and grading offer a breakthrough.

But she cautioned that lawyers would need up to a month to go through the paperwork of the agreement to check that the deal was equality-proofed before it could even be put to a ballot.

Alan Rudge (Con), Birmingham’s human resources lead, said he was delighted that negotiations had reached an amicable outcome.

"This would be a good result for both employees and the citizens of Birmingham,” he said.

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