Sign it or face sack - Swansea Council workers told
SWANSEA Council has been accused of "bully- boy tactics" over Single Status reform.
Earlier this month Swansea Council said it would be pressing ahead with the proposals, despite opposition from public sector union Unison.
Letters have now been sent out to workers inviting them to accept the offer — or face the prospect of being dismissed, with the opportunity to be rehired if they agree to the new terms.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said it was a perfectly lawful approach which had been carried out by many other local authorities.
Unison regional organiser Eddie Gabrielsen said the union had already been contacted by worried workers about the letter.
He said: "I think it is intimidating bully-boy tactics and I am surprised a Labour council would resort to such methods. They have said they are willing to discuss the issues with us but they are not willing to go to proper consultation.
"We will be organising a demonstration at 4pm on Tuesday, August 27, outside the Civic Centre.
"I would say to members do not sign anything until they have taken advice from the union.
"These are wily words the council are using.
"The intention is obvious, to put pressure on people to sign the thing under the threat of dismissal.
"I would urge anyone not to sign anything until we give further advice, which will be before their deadline on September 12." The implementation of Single Status, which aims to introduce a common pay scale for all local authority jobs of equal value regardless of gender, has rumbled on for many years.
The council said many of its lowest paid workers would receive a significant pay increase under the plan but Unison said staff such as nursery nurses could lose up to 10 per cent of their wages.
The letter, seen by the Post, reads: "The council is legally required to implement Single Status and needs to do so at the earliest opportunity. It is not possible to "opt-out" and any employee who refuses to accept the new reward package will be dismissed and offered immediate re-engagement under the new terms.
"Clearly we hope to avoid this situation arising."
The GMB union voted in favour of accepting the proposals.