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Human resources - 17 December 2009

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A round up of key recent events in human resources

NOTE: Click on the headlines for more on the stories.


Unions demand 2.5% pay rise

Unions representing 1.5 million local government workers have submitted a demand for a 2.5% pay rise next year. The demand, submitted by Unite, Unison and the GMB, would be worth a minimum £500 a year to the lowest paid. (LGCplus report)

Social care lags in recruiting

Councils are finding it easier to recruit and retain staff, except in social care, according to the annual Local Government Association Group survey. Fifty-two per cent reported recruitment and retention problems, compared with 83% in 2008. Of those, 72% had problems in recruiting children’s social workers - up from 64% in 2008. (LGCplus report)

Compensation for HR officer

A former Redcar & Cleveland BC equalities officer has been awarded more than £440,000 by an employment tribunal. Pauline Scanlon was dismissed from her job after pointing out that a human resources manager’s post had not been advertised, breaching the council’s equal opportunities policy. (LGCplus report)

Leeds refuse strike called off

The Leeds refuse workers’ strike has been called off after talks between council leaders and union representatives. The 11-week dispute involving hundreds of Leeds City Council staff followed union claims that their members faced a wage cut of up to £5,000 as a result of the council’s single status agreement. (LGCplus report)






Copeland seals pay and grading deal (LGCplus report)

Glasgow offers redundancy to over-50s (LGCplus report)

Stoke gives Harman £65k payoff (LGCplus report)


Legal action threat over unitary payoffs (LGCplus report)


Public Sector People’s Managers Association annual conference, 22-23 March 2010, London

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