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EQUAL TRAINING FOR ALL STAFF LEVELS AGREED

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Employers and unions have reached a national agreement that will ensure councils invest equally in training for the...
Employers and unions have reached a national agreement that will ensure councils invest equally in training for their 1.5 million manual and white-collar staff.

The deal is part of the single status negotiations, intended to harmonise pay and conditions. It will not be formally agreed until all other elements of single status are agreed.

The draft binds employers to full co-operation with unions on establishing and implementing local training schemes. According to Unison it states that resources should be shared equally between manual and white-collar staff.

'Professional staff get a higher quality training than clerical and manual staff,' Unison national officer Hugh Robertson said.

Unison research shows that 20% of professional council staff received some form of training in 1994, compared to only 6% of manual workers. In the same year, 140 councils introduced National Vocational Qualifications for management and supervisory staff, while only 30 offered them to manual staff.

The draft agreement says part-time workers should have equal access to training and equality should be prioritised.

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