Sunday, 1 November 2015
Falkirk Council Update
Here's an extract from the 2015 Annual Report to the Falkirk Unison branch (sent to me by a reader) which takes a very laid back approach, if you ask me, to all the outstanding equal pay claims against Falkirk Council.
Because the reference to "Bainbridge claims" suggests that all Unison is concerned about is the protection period covering male workers jobs, rather than the JES scores and grades (which appear to favour traditional male jobs) and the arrangements for assimilating staff to the new pay structures (in 2006) whereby most of the men went to the top of the scale while all the women went to the bottom.
So if I were a union member in Falkirk I'd start asking some searching questions of my union reps PDQ (pretty damn quick), because this looks to me as if the unions have taken their eye off the ball, as the GMB did in North Lanarkshire recently.
By the way, the key objective of the 1999 Single Status (Equal Pay) Agreement was to deliver a new deal for thousands of low paid, predominantly female workers - carers, cleaners, clerical and catering workers, classroom assistants etc - whose jobs had been so badly undervalued and underpaid for years.
Its main purpose was not to eliminate the contractual differences between white collar and manual workers, as the Unison annual report suggests which leads me to wonder - who wrote this nonsense?
If anyone knows, drop me a note.