Swansea Council cleaners, caterers and care workers in line for significant pay rise
COUNCIL cleaners in Swansea could be in line for a significant pay rise.
Caterers and care workers are also among staff in the lowest paid section of the local authority's payroll set to receive a pay rise.
Almost half the council's staff will see an increase in pay, but at the same time a total of 18 per cent of workers within the authority will see their pay cut.
More than a third of council workers will not see any change to the amount they take home every month.
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The move comes as Swansea Council, like every other authority in the UK, has to introduce Single Status, which is a national agreement reached in 1997 to improve terms and conditions of service for employees and remove unfairness in pay and reward arrangements.
The authority will be sending out letters detailing the latest proposals to individual members of staff this week.
The letters will inform staff about their job evaluation scores.
Council workers are not being asked to make any decision at this stage.
Swansea Council deputy leader councillor Christine Richards said: "We've now reached an important milestone in Single Status.
"For the first time all employees will find out their proposed pay grade.
"More than 80 per cent of staff will not lose pay and we've managed to reduce the number of staff losing pay.
"We've also recently agreed to introduce a Living Wage which means more than 3,000 post-holders who are among our lowest paid staff will receive a pay increase to £7.45 an hour."
Ms Richards said the council was doing all it could to protect staff facing a loss in pay and added: "We are concerned about staff losing pay and we're working to protect them.
"They'll be placed at the top of their new grade and will also receive pay protection to help cushion the loss.
"The level of pay protection is still being negotiated with trade unions."
The final outcome of proposed pay grades is subject to negotiation with unions.
A helpline and web pages are being set up for staff to get further information.
Once Single Status is implemented there will be an appeal process for staff who may want to challenge the outcome of their grading.
Negotiations are continuing with trade unions to reach agreement on implementing the Single Status proposals.
Ms Richards said: "We are still negotiating the details with the unions, but we hope a collective agreement can be reached with the unions so that the proposals can be implemented in the first half of 2013."