Unite: Bromley ‘blackmailing’ staff to accept lower pay
Bromley LBC has ‘blackmailed’ staff to sign inferior contracts or face joblessness, a trade union has said.
Trade union Unite has claimed over 500 workers at Bromley are being told they will face unemployment unless they sign a new contract with lower pay and inferior conditions by 23 April.
Bromley LBC has denied claims that the local authority plans to dismiss staff who have rejected the new contract on 23 April, adding that 86% of staff have accepted a new local contract which maintains terms and conditions for two years.
Unite warned that the new contracts could force a low paid workforce into poverty, consequently damaging the local economy.
Unite regional officer, Onay Kasab, said: ‘The threat to sack these workers by the close of play on Tuesday 23 April unless they sign the new contracts (or face the so-called “dismissal and re-engagement” process) smacks of blackmail.
‘Workers should not be penalised for valiantly upholding the principle and reality of agreements negotiated nationally.’
Responding to the claims, cllr Stephen Carr, leader of Bromley Council, said: ‘We value our staff and are implementing local terms of conditions to better recruit and retain the right staff and reward committed, hard working, exceptional performers through challenging times. We strongly refute the somewhat emotive assertion that the new local contracts are inferior and designed to “slash” existing pay and conditions.
‘On the contrary the new local contract, agreed by 86% of our staff, not only maintains existing terms and conditions but goes beyond any national proposals by giving a guarantee that these will be protected for at least the next two years. Again, the offer includes a pay increase, which we believe goes beyond anything being offered nationally.’
The council said that over 50 consultations have been held with staff and their representatives on the proposals, while the statutory 45-day consultation would be undertaken to mitigate the need for employee dismissal.
‘Where this does prove necessary those staff will be re-employed immediately on the new local contract,’ cllr Carr said.
Unfortunately Mr Smith achieves maximum attention with minimum content - a brilliant career in right wing politics beckons - go for it JS. You are wasted on Sark!Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Monday, 29 April 2013 10:21 AM
J Smith is an uninformed irrelevant Troll, and his ignorant and often irrelevant comments should be restricted, moderated, and maybe he should even be unlisted from posting comments - caustic as they usually are!excouncilman, Doncaster, Added: Wednesday, 24 April 2013 08:10 PM
I dont usually comment on most things but Mr Smith does wind me up, for the majority of the low paid local government workers this will be affecting, if they do loose their jobs then the taxpayer will be picking up the bill of the unenployment benefit which is some cases will be more expensive than keeping them in a job serving the local residents of BromleyR Hobbs, Added: Tuesday, 23 April 2013 07:34 AM
Reimer & Newman, a double comedy act but at the taxpayers expense . . If the unions cannot agree cut the numbers. Taxpayer first . .J Smith, Added: Monday, 22 April 2013 11:22 PM
Bromley are not the first into this and may not be the worst. I dont think Mr Smith the people affected fall into your demonology in the vast majority of cases. Not a problem in your island of non municipal Sark. Stephen you are right except there are grounds to challenge but my experience is that the union is very reluctant to bring the barristers in. Difficult for the staff to be 'heroic' when there is 2.5M unemployed.Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Monday, 22 April 2013 04:56 PM
The truth is any employer can rewrite the terms and conditions of employment. The trouble the Bromley's of this world are looking to trim the wage bill rather than look at better ways of providing a service. You can only 'salami slice' salary costs for so long don't forget you need a workforce to perform and ths isn't the way to achieve it. I wish JS would put some facts to his rants, from the amount of messages he sends he's obviously got nothing better to do so do it better.Stephen Reimer, Added: Monday, 22 April 2013 11:04 AM
The taxpayer cannot afford these top heavy non delivering organisation. These people still have a jobJ Smith, Added: Friday, 19 April 2013 10:03 PM
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