The Daily Post (25 March, p11) reported that Unison claims some staff could find themselves up to£2,300 worse off under the new system.
Toni Byrne, Unison branch secretary, said: 'The motion was passed unanimously. There was no question on that at all.' Ms Byrne said the changes included increasing the working week from 35 to 37 hours for some staff, phasing out weekend enhancements and rationalising shift payments.
Ms Byrne said: 'Members feel they have been treated with contempt and disrespect. They are appalled that the council is even thinking of changing their working conditions.'
'There are a number of proposals for negotiation which have to be completed locally. If we do not reach an agreement we would then go to arbitration.'