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Hillingdon LBC's Labour administration which took control in August has decided to scrap the local pay scheme for s...
Hillingdon LBC's Labour administration which took control in August has decided to scrap the local pay scheme for senior managers which was introduced last year.

The personnel committee decided last month to return to national pay bargaining arrangements for this group of around 51 chief officers and second and third tier managers. The council, which changed political control in August when Labour won a by election, is currently consulting with Unison which represents some of those affected.

The return to national bargaining will be voluntary and the council has promised no- one will have to take a pay cut. But some staff who currently earn more than national rates will see their pay frozen until national rates catch up. Concern about the gap between Hillingdon's local rates and the national negotiated salary bands for chief officers was one of the reasons behind the decision to return to national bargaining, said chair of personnel Chris Rogers.

Hillingdon's managing director post carries a maximum salary of £90,200 which is £20,000 more than the grade maxima under the national scheme. The maximum salary for the council's four group directors is over £11,000 more than the £56,868 maximum for chief officers under the national scheme.

'Over the past seven years there have been so many reorganisations of chief officers and their pay has just got astronomical', said Mr Rogers. 'In the 1980s we were paying market factor supplements for officers who were difficult to recruit and retain, such as building surveyors. But when the property slump came and private companies were laying off building surveyors left right and centre we did not stop paying market supplements'.

Mr Rogers says the Labour group had always promised to return chief officers' pay to the national bargaining arrangements if it regained power. Those that accepted the proposal would be 'pleasing the administration', he said.

Those that rejected a return to national bargaining would have no guarantee of a pay rise next year as the council might choose not to make an award under the local arrangements, he said. The council agreed last month not to make a pay award for chief officers for 1993.

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