Laura Sharman 13 August 2014

Council staff ‘unhappy’ with new terms and conditions

Council staff ‘unhappy’ with new terms and conditions image

The majority of council staff are unhappy with changes to their working terms and conditions, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by Local Government News magazine, found that nearly 60% of council employees have seen changes to their terms and conditions as a result of efficiency savings. Of these, 80% are unhappy with the changes, with 40% looking for a new job as a direct result.

Travel-related benefits have been the most affected, with 57% of council staff seeing a reduction in benefits such as mileage rates and care allowances. Staff are also facing a reduction in paid overtime (27%), reduced holiday entitlement (14%), and reduced sick pay (14%).

Of those surveyed, 65% said the changes had reduced their take home pay but remain doubtful it has helped protect jobs in their authority. Less than a fifth said the changes have stopped further job cuts, with 65% saying the changes have protected frontline services.

Of those yet to experience changes to their terms and conditions, 41% think their council could make changes in the future. The majority (78%) said they might look for a new job as a result, depending on the changes proposed.

Click here to read a selection of comments made by council staff on working terms and conditions.

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