Local government wage offer may price out jobs

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. The latest local government pay offer will cost jobs, according to the HRprofession. The Government offer of 3.5 per cent or £380, whichever is greater, has beenhas been accepted by the T&G union, subject to agreement by its members. Socpopresident Keith Handley believes the award will threaten jobs and lead tooutsourcing, which will affect services, particularly in authorities in theNorth. He said, “There is no doubt that northern authorities consider theyhave had the worst of the grant, and there are real concerns about the impacton jobs. The un-funded element of the pay offer (above what councils had budgetedfor) will have to be found from the existing pay bill. That is bound to eithermean reductions in jobs and services or delayed recruitment and more pressureon the workforce.” Alan Buttery, head of HR at Luton Borough Council, is also unhappy at thesize of the offer. “We cannot afford it. It is pretty awful news which will cost jobsacross the country and lead to unfilled posts and restructuring,” he said.But Adrian Pritchard, personnel officer at Suffolk County Council, thinksthe offer is the best local government could hope for after teachers wereawarded a 3.7 per cent rise. He said, “A number of local authorities will struggle to find the moneybut the bottom-loading will help improve local government’s recruitment andretention problems.” Councillor Brian Balwin, who helped to negotiate the new deal, said,”The two alternatives – compulsory arbitration or an industrial ballot –would have caused more problems.” Trade union the T&G described the pay offer as a “wise move by theemployers.” By Paul Nelson Comments are closed. Local government wage offer may price out jobsOn 1 May 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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