No agreement over Swansea Council Single Status talks
THE leader of Swansea Council has said his door is always open for discussions on reform of staff pay and conditions.
Speaking at a full meeting of the council, David Phillips said he wanted to publicly declare that he was ready to meet the unions over the introduction of single status — but had so far had no requests for talks.
However the Unison union said a direct request for dates for talks had been made as far back as July 30 — to which there had been no response.
Mr Phillips said: "I want to declare again fully that were are wanting to meet with unions.
"They are saying they want to meet with us — but I regret to say we have not had any contact requesting a meeting."
Pay reform, known as Single Status, is a national initiative which all public sector employers have to implement with the aim of introducing a common pay scale for jobs of equal value, regardless of gender.
Swansea Council has said that many of its lowest-paid staff — traditionally those working in areas like catering, cleaning and care — would receive significant pay increases as a result of the changes but Unison says staff such as nursery nurses could lose up to 10 per cent of their wages.
The GMB union voted in favour of accepting the offer, with Unison members voting against. The council said Single Status would be introduced despite the lack of agreement.
Eddie Gabrielsen, Unison regional organiser, said it was not correct that no requests for talks had been made.
He said: "We made a direct approach to the leader via email asking him for dates for meetings — but there was no reply."