Unison view: 'Robbing Peter to pay Paul'
A GOOD deal for some — not a wonderful one for others.
This was Unison regional secretary Eddie Gabrielsen assessment of the current Single Status proposals put forward by Swansea Council.
"They are robbing Peter to pay Paul," he said.
Some bonus-earning staff would lose £4,000 to £5,000 per year, according to Mr Gabrielsen, while those doing best out of the redistribution would get hundreds of pounds.
The majority of the workforce is set to benefit from Single Status. Referring to the council's pledge to protect pay for workers set to lose out for up to two years, Mr Gabrielsen claimed this was only for those staff facing a 20 per cent-plus salary decrease.
Other workers, he said, would have protected pay for one year.
Mr Gabrielsen added: "The appeals process is still inadequate, while other workers who have to bring their cars to work for work (purposes) then have to pay parking charges.
"It is not a wonderful deal for many, many people."
Mr Gabrielsen said the council's workforce was around 10,000, excluding teaching staff. He said some 5,000 were Unison members.
Asked if it was realistic these days for everyone to be winners, he replied: "These are difficult times, but they should have done things 11 years ago as a council — there were better job evaluation schemes in the past that were far fairer."
The GMB union has voted in favour of accepting the Single Status offer. The council has said it would be introduced despite the lack of agreement.
Mr Gabrielsen added that equal pay claims, which he described as a slightly separate issue, were currently in the hands of lawyers.