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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL PROPOSES OVER £100 A WEEK WAGE CUTS FOR STAFF PLUS JOB CUTS
 

Star date: 9th October 2017

14 JOBS TO BE AXED AND £6,521 SLASHED FROM WAGES OF SALFORD COUNCIL STAFF

Tomorrow, members of Salford City UNISON are to lobby Salford Council over proposed wage cuts of up to £6,521 a year for some staff who work in Regulatory Services, plus the loss of 14 jobs.

Regulatory Services protect people of Salford from slum landlords, rogue traders and dangerous products...  "All of us should be concerned when any proposals are put forward to weaken them" says Salford UNISON branch secretary Steve North "...staffing and wage reductions cannot be justified..."

Full details here...


"Staffing and wage reductions cannot be justified..."


Last Friday, Salford City Council was rightly lauded for handing care workers in Salford a pay rise to £8.30 an hour, after receipt of a Government grant to pay the costs. Tomorrow, however, the Council is meeting to approve pay cuts of up to £6,521 a year for staff who work in Regulatory Services.

It's part of a move to cut £461,000 from the service, which protects Salford people from everything from slum landlords, to rogue traders, to dangerous products, and is related to the Council's Transformation Programme which aims to digitalise everything.

As such, the Council is proposing to 'restructure' Regulatory Services and Urban
Renewal
; and what it calls its 'business analyst' has come up with a complicated plan that will see staffing levels reduced by the equivalent of 14.09 full time posts.

In addition to this, the Council report to be discussed by councillors at tomorrow's Workforce Panel, states that "the proposed structure will result in changes to the salaries of a number of officers who would potentially remain in employment at grades lower than their present roles...

"In broad terms" it adds "this could mean up to five officers seeing a potential reduction in salary of up to £6,521 pa, and one officer a potential reduction of
£4,327 pa."

While six staff will lose a huge chunk of wages, the report explains that "19 staff would benefit from salary increases of approximately £2,438 pa average as a result of the outcomes of Job Evaluation of the proposed Level 1 Role Profile."

The proposal is unacceptable to staff union Salford City UNISON which has called a lobby of the Workforce Panel tomorrow, Tuesday 10th October, at 11am outside the Civic Centre in Swinton.

"Regulatory Services encompasses a wide range of services that collectively protect the people of Salford from slum landlords, rogue traders and dangerous products" says Steve North, Branch Secretary, Salford City UNISON "All of us should be concerned when any proposals are put forward to weaken them.

"Since the start of the year we have engaged in ongoing dialogue with senior officers and elected members over the report that is tabled for agreement tomorrow" he adds "To be fair to them, they have continually made time to meet with us and have made a number of changes to their original proposals as a result.

"However, not enough has been done to tackle the harshest aspects of their plans and we remain of the view that the staffing and wage reductions cannot be justified" he explains "We are asking the Council to think again..."


Main graphic is taken from illustration by More Than Minutes which is supposed to make the Transformation Programme easy to understand...

Update: 10th October: Salford Council Approves Wage Cuts and Job Cuts - click here

Rod wrote
at 12:02:37 AM on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Employees should only accept the reduced salary under duress and make this clear in writing. Employees should then claim breach of contract and be prepared (with Unison backing) to take this all the way to an Employment Tribunal. The Council's decision should be tested. If the news report is correct when it suggests there is no sound basis to the Councillors' decision then the employees may win. Unison should employ a top lawyer!

Frank Rogers wrote
at 4:48:04 PM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Front line staff being given pay cuts while external consultants are being paid extortionate amounts of money (Procurement consultant £30k, External Audit £100K plus) - this is a council that ends to rethink its priorities.

John wrote
at 4:47:53 PM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Paul Dennett seems keen on cuts, perhaps he'd like to cut his entitlement to social housing seeing as he's on £60k.

Mary ferrer wrote
at 12:30:02 PM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
My budget to save money and services. 1) Lead members and deputy lead member.Ask the councillors for volunteers to take on the post. If they care that much about the city and they get an allowance anyway.why top up money most don't earn anyway. 2) Call in ALL outstanding debts.there are a few. 3) stop putting debts under business sencertive. Be open with the residents. We are the ones suffering. 4) start taking planning fees and 106 monies and be open and transparent with the amounts collected 5) Do we need to be paying thousands each month on Agency staff?? I am now going to be very sad and look at ALL the spends the council make over £500.May pop back on here

Retired Socailst wrote
at 11:01:57 AM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
The question I would have to ask is if they plan cuts of £6,500 How much bloody money are the buggers on.

ron faulds wrote
at 1:20:28 AM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
lots of new apartments and houses everywhere surely paying lots of council tax . still cut cut cuts though. audit required asap

Salford lad wrote
at 1:19:50 AM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Why not cut the extortionate wage of £200k paid to the City Director Slimy Jim Taylor. Since the Mayor was appointed this post is pretty much redundant. Once again a socialist council fails its workers.

Niall wrote
at 2:43:43 PM on Monday, October 9, 2017
It's not just the backward council at Salford Job cuts are happening at all councils We have just lost some libraries and are trying to privatise the bin collections. Salford need to learn how to use a PC and look at what other councils are doing across the board because from I have learnt in half a day about Salford council they really are clueless numpties especially over the collections of council tax.

Mary ferrer wrote
at 2:43:39 PM on Monday, October 9, 2017
Salford council putting salford residents at risk yet again. Bet they will still find funding for their pet projects. Still find more money to keep the stadium afloat. Maybe if they started taking planning fees and 106 monies it would help. Get rid of the lead member for this and that.Ask for volunteers within the councillors to take the posts without topping up their allowances. If they care that much about the city,they should be more than willing to help. They need to look at the monies paid to agency staff. (Look on Salford over £500 spends) I would like to know what all the funding for food and beverage is on the spends.maybe if they starting calling in all the outstanding debts owed to the city.If you look at their finances,there are a few debts classed as,something like "business sencertive"

Steve wrote
at 2:42:44 PM on Monday, October 9, 2017
How about stopping the 40K a month they are spending on rented furniture ? Or at least they were last time I checked.

Michael James Felse wrote
at 2:42:36 PM on Monday, October 9, 2017
I am so proud of my union. As a retired member of Unison it is good to see they continue to stand up for workers' rights. The cut in pay will also cause less income into the pension fund. I trust this is not going to affect we already retired pensioners. As one former Mayoral candidate it is only right for me to condemn the cut to wages. I know times are difficult for the Councillors but there are many brains in Salford to tap into that know better solutions. Is it time for Labour to select visionary new names onto Salford Council?

Bob wrote
at 10:51:39 AM on Monday, October 9, 2017
Why does a labour council do this to public sector workers? Why does a strong union , and unison is strong, allow it to happen, especially against a weak council like Salford? Unison could wipe the floor with this lot.And why, do all the council workers all appear to support Labour when they do this to their fellow workers? could it be that they are afraid of bringing this council down, and having administrators brought in, who might find out things that perhaps they don't want them to find out? spoiling Jezzas chances at the next election.

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