Carmarthenshire County Council unions organise oppositon to divisive Job Evaluation
Many workers shocked by pay cuts on top of pay freeze
Carmarthenshire County Branch of Unison has responded to the employer’s divisive Job Evaluation scheme by organising a series of meetings this week to discuss opposing the scheme. Job Evaluation has left many workers shocked as they face a pay cut on top of a pay freeze, forthcoming increases in pension contributions in return for a lower pension received later, and rocketing fuel prices.
Some council workers in Carmarthenshire are facing pay cuts of thousands of pounds. Attacks on terms and conditions under the much delayed Job Evaluation process mean that some whose salary has been increased will still end up poorer.
Thousands of letters were sent out to employees recently by the local authority setting out their new pay grades.
Unison reps have responded with letters to members outlining the implications and recommending rejecting the Single Status offer, opening up the possibility of industrial action in defence of pay and conditions.
The council has given workers until the end of September to agree to the changes to their contracts.
The council has put in place a complicated appeals procedure which will make it difficult to bring and win an appeal.
There is considerable anger in many sections of the workforce, although there is relief among others who feel they have escaped lightly.
The union branch is putting forward ways of collectively opposing the cuts in pay and conditions and counteracting a policy of divide and rule.
A Carmarthenshire County UNISON member
Joint union meetings have been organised for Carmarthenshire council workers on the following dates:
Monday 12th September, Llanelli Leisure Centre 12.00 – 2.00 pm & 5.00 – 7.00 pm
Tuesday 13th September, St Peters Civic Centre, Carmarthen 12.00 – 2.00 pm & 5.00 – 7.00 pm
Wednesday 14th September, Ammanford Town Hall 12.00 – 2.00 pm & 5.00 – 7.00 pm