I've had lots of enquiries about backpay and the NLC job evaluation (JE) review which I have written about regularly on the blog site for the past year and more.
Here are two posts (one from May 2015 and the other from June 2016) which explain the background to the JE review and the fact that only a limited number of posts were covered by the review in the first place.
North Lanarkshire Update (23/05/15)
Lots of readers have been in touch to ask about the re-evaluation of various jobs in North Lanarkshire Council which has been prompted by the council being forced to concede at the Employment Tribunal that a number of female dominated jobs had not been assessed and graded correctly back in 2006/07.
As part of the equal pay settlement it was agreed by all the parties that the process of carrying out a further job evaluation would be down to the council and the trade unions.
Now that is quite sensible because while Action 4 Equality Scotland (A4ES) has led the fight for equal pay in North Lanarkshire all these years, the council (management and councillors) along with the unions make up the permanent collective bargaining structures in North Lanarkshire.
Part of the agreement is that A4ES will be kept fully informed about what's going on and how the council and the unions intend to tackle the problems that clearly exist within the present grading structure.
Apparently the unions have issued some limited information on the process which says that the following jobs will be subject to further evaluation:
Other employees such as Admin and Clerical Workers and Classroom Assistants, for example, may have a case to argue that their jobs and factor scores should be reviewed as well which could be done by bringing a group of such workers together to look in detail at the existing job description and individual factor scores.
Now this would also require a proper look at the male jobs to compare what scores these jobs have been awarded under all the different factor headings to ensure consistency and that jobs are not being treated in isolation.
As I've said before on the blog site what would help this process is maximum transparency and openness which could be achieved by putting all of this information on the Council's web site, for example, where everyone could see what is going on and have the opportunity to comment if they wish.
Over the coming weeks I'll do my best to answer people's questions and requests for information on the blog site, so watch this space.
NLC JE Review (12/06/16)
But later that day a helpful contact from within the Council sent me a copy of the report and here is a summary of the main outcomes as far as JE is concerned.
Home Support Workers - Existing Grade NLC 3, New Grade NLC 7
School Crossing Patrollers - Existing Grade NLC 2, New Grade NLC 3
Playground Supervisors - Existing Grade NLC 2, New Grade NLC 2 (no change)
Male Comparator Jobs
Road Sweeper - Existing Grade NLC 2, New Grade NLC 3
Refuse Collector - Existing Grade NLC 4, New Grade NLC 4
Gardener (4) - Existing Grade NLC 4, New Grade NLC 5
Gardener (5) - Existing Grade NLC 5, New Grade NLC 5
Chargehand Gardener - Existing Grade NLC 6, New Grade NLC 7
So two out of three claimant jobs have seen their grades increase (notably the Home Carers) and three out of five male comparator jobs and the new grades will be backdated to 1 April 2015.
However lots of predominantly female job groups have been left out of the JE review which will, I suspect, make many people very angry.
So the trade unions have a lot of explaining to do especially to fee-paying members who have been excluded from the review process.