Have Your Say: Are we in this together?
I WRITE in response to "Union blocking £32 million windfall, say council" (Post, Sept 9).
I have written to your paper on many occasions about the Single Status fiasco, where, as councillor Christine Richards has stated, talks and negotiations have been ongoing for 12 years or more, in order for all workers, especially the lower paid employees, to have an affordable wage.
As a shop steward for Unison I have also been part of the Single Status and job evaluation during those many years. As mentioned by Mrs Richards the authority has a legal obligation to impose the package however, does the legal obligation stipulate that it is morally correct to "Rob Peter to Pay Paul"? Eighteen per cent of the workforce are seeing their salaries drastically cut and although the losers' salaries will be protected for certain periods of time, they must hope and pray that they win their appeals, which in itself will cost many thousands of pounds to process. Then we have the double whammy for the losers, where their final pensions will be drastically cut, especially the younger element who have many years of service ahead of them. I also noticed the promise of re-training and up-skilling staff so they can take on higher paid jobs within the authority. How can this be true where the authority is again asking for employees to put their name forward for either voluntary redundancies or early retirement at the earliest opportunity? Again the packages will run into many thousands of pounds. Please convince me that "we are all in this together".
Unison Shop Steward
Neath Road, Hafod