Southampton council offering to reverse pay cuts
21 August, 2012
The first signs of austerity cuts reversal has come at Southampton.
Labour controlled Southampton city council is the first council to offer to reverse pay cuts imposed by the previous council since the coalition government came to power.
Under the offer, all council workers earning lees than £35,000 a year will see their pay fully restored by April 2014. Those earning less than £22,000 will have their pay fully restored in November. The chief executive and other senior managers will not see their pay restored until after April 2014.
The unions had been in dispute with the then Tory-led council since early 2011, including taking more than 200 days of targeted industrial action.
Unite and Unison have publicised the details of the proposed settlement to the pay cuts dispute with Southampton city council.
Under the terms of a deal negotiated with the new Labour controlled city council – which came to power on 3 May 2012 – most of the pay cuts imposed by the previous Conservative controlled council will be reversed over the next 18 months. The lowest paid council workers will see their pay restored this November.
In total, £2.3 million is being put back into the wages of council workers. There we no job losses linked to the restoration. By April 2014, 3,460 of she 4,000 people affected by the pay cuts will have had their pay cuts restored.
Unite sad Unison will ballot their members between 14 September and 5 October an the proposals. Both unions are recommending members accept the settlement. The unions have agreed to suspend industrial action while the ballot takes place, as well as postponing the employment tribunal hearing that was due to start in November and scheduled to last five weeks.
Full detaik of the settlement terms are below.
Unite national officer, Peter Allenaon, said: “Soudumpton city council is the first cooedl to reverse pay cuts since the Toy-led government came to power in 2010 with its disastrous austerity apada. This brealWuough marks a substantial change in coarse and it has national significance.
Unite branch secretary, Mark Wood, said: “For mare than a year, the people of Southampton have needlessly suffered because of Roystoa Smith’s Tory-led council which was intent on attacking decent end hard working public servants.