UPDATE 14 AUGUST 2006
ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL SINGLE STATUS
The Council, with agreement from the Trade Unions, has decided
to delay the consultation on Single Status. It is now intended that
the consultation period will run for 6 weeks beginning on 18 September
UNISON has agreed to this. The Council intend to hold employee
briefings throughout the consultation period to explain what Single
Status will mean for you.
UNISON intends to hold meetings across Aberdeenshire during the
consultation period to offer support and answer questions from members
- details of these meeting to follow.
The reasons for the change in timetable are: " At present an Equality
Audit is being carried out by an independent expert and is not yet
completed " There are outstanding issues on terms and conditions
which need to be clarified " The proposal still requires fine tuning.
UNISON continues to be involved in negotiations with the Council
and other trade unions. We continue to try to negotiate the best
we possibly can for our members. We believe this delay will assist
our negotiating position.
Only union members will be balloted on the Single Status proposals
and UNISON will ballot members during the last few weeks of the
consultation period. Please use your vote - this will be your chance
to have your say on the Single Status proposals.
The implementation date for Single Status remains at 1 January
PLEASE REMEMBER Although Aberdeenshire Council has made a compensatory
offer in respect of equal pay to some groups of female workers -
there may still be potential equal pay claims that could arise from
the implementation of Single Status. The law states that any claim
for equal pay must be lodged at Employment Tribunal within 6 months
(minus one day) from the end/change of a contract. So, if you retire/leave/change
contract - please get in touch with the office as soon as possible.