Human Resources

Councils in talks over single workforce

03/09/2020
Havant BC and East Hampshire DC are in talks over creating a single flexible workforce.

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Four in five council staff working from home

19/08/2020

The number of council staff working from home has rocketed from 5% pre-lockdown to 80%, according to new research.

Unite members reject 'insulting' council pay offer

17/08/2020

The majority of members of Unite the union have rejected the 2.75% pay offer.

Early years’ workers ‘overworked and undervalued’, study reveals

05/08/2020

Low pay, a high workload and a lack of career development for early years’ workers risk impacting on the provision of care and education services for the under-fives, report says.

Progress on ethnic diversity at leadership level has stalled, report finds

28/07/2020

Ethnic diversity in public sector leadership roles has failed to improve over the past three years, a new report has warned today.

Nottingham Council to cut more than 150 jobs

22/07/2020

Nottingham City Council has announced 154 jobs will be lost as part of emergency plans to save an additional £12.5m.

Chancellor accused of 'selective memory' over council workers' pay

21/07/2020

Council staff are the 'forgotten army of public service' and are being denied a 'decent' pay rise, a union said today.

Union in industrial action threat over large-scale council job losses

09/07/2020

Trade union Unite has warned it could launch industrial action unless Nottingham City Council removes its threat of large-scale redundancies.

Thousands of council jobs at risk due to funding shortfall, union warns

07/07/2020

Tens of thousands of council jobs could be lost unless the Government addresses the current funding shortfall, Unison has warned.

Luton forced into unavoidable cuts

17/06/2020

Luton BC’s boss has said the council has done all it can but has no other choice than to cut 365 jobs and frontline services.

Lifeguards return to beaches in preparation for summer

17/06/2020

The UK’s beaches will see an increase in the number of lifeguards this summer as people visit the coast despite the risk of Covid-19.

Unite to ballot members over ‘insulting’ council pay offer

12/06/2020

Around 100,000 council workers will be asked if they want to accept or reject the 2.75% pay offer.

LGA split over worker bonus

26/05/2020

A cross-party agreement that the Local Government Association (LGA) would lobby for a coronavirus payment to staff was ditched after senior councillors blocked the move, The MJ can reveal.

Rejection of coronavirus bonus a 'slap in the face'

19/05/2020

A top union official has branded English councils’ refusal to rally behind a campaign for a workers’ coronavirus bonus as a ‘slap in the face’.

Unite expected to urge council pay offer rejection

11/05/2020

Trade union Unite is expected to recommend that its members reject the employers ‘final’ 2.75% pay offer at a national committee meeting later this week.

Colchester Borough Council to furlough staff

07/05/2020

A council in Essex is set to furlough some of its staff in order to limit the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

'High risk' staff are being forced back, claims Unison

04/05/2020

Unison is demanding Milton Keynes Council steps back from what it says is a ‘rogue local plan’ to order staff in high risk categories back to work.

One in five healthcare workers could quit in wake of Covid-19, think tank warns

23/04/2020

Healthcare could face a staffing crisis after it was revealed on in five healthcare professionals are more likely to leave following the pandemic.

Council staff will be deployed for Covid-19 contact tracing

21/04/2020

Council staff will be deployed to help spot, trace and isolate new cases of coronavirus, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Council considers placing some staff on furlough

17/04/2020

A Scottish council is considering furloughing a limited number of workers in a bid to limit the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Unions slam 'woefully low' council pay offer

17/04/2020

The Government should provide extra funding to give council workers a 'proper' pay rise during the pandemic crisis, trade unions have said.

Council workers offered a 2.75% pay rise

16/04/2020

Trade unions have been urged to accept a 2.75% pay increase for council staff.

Town hall rich list branded 'inane and distasteful'

15/04/2020

Attempts to criticise local government salaries have been branded as ‘both inane and distasteful' by chief executives’ body Solace.

Refuse workers in Wirral walk out over coronavirus fears

08/04/2020

Refuse collectors in Wirral have refused to work after claiming Biffa Waste Services failed to introduce strict social distancing measures.

CQC issues COVID-19 guidance on DBS checks

03/04/2020

The Care Quality Commission(CQC)  has issued interim guidance on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and other recruitment checks in response to coronavirus.

Scottish unions blast 'inconsistent' way councils are handling coronavirus

02/04/2020

Trade unions in Scotland have criticised the ‘inconsistent’ approach to protecting council staff from coronavirus.

Local government pay summit to go ahead

30/03/2020

Negotiators hope to keep local government pay discussions on track despite the difficulties posed by the coronavirus crisis.

Councils report ‘sickening’ attacks on staff

30/03/2020

Council staff have been subject to unacceptable physical and verbal assaults during the coronavirus crisis, including one council worker having their leg broken.

Hancock announces free parking for NHS staff

26/03/2020

The Government has announced NHS trusts are to receive financial support to provide health care workers with free car parking during the coronavirus pandemic.

Union questions how refuse workers can practice social distancing within an RCV cab

24/03/2020

A union has called on local government employers to spell out how refuse service workers can safely provide an essential service while meeting social distancing requirements.

Union and council end dispute amid coronavirus crisis

24/03/2020

Trade union Unite has said its dispute with Veolia over holiday pay for refuse staff working at Tower Hamlets LBC has been resolved.

Glasgow council seeks 1,500 voluntary redundancies

24/03/2020

Glasgow City Council has announced that it is offering voluntary redundancies to its staff in order to reduce its wage bill in the face of heavy budgetary pressures, including an over £500m equal pay bill.

Council reviews bin collections after disabled man ‘blocked’ in house

20/03/2020

Trafford Council has agreed to review the way it monitors missed bin collections after the Ombudsman upheld half a dozen complaints.

Social workers call for clarity on carrying out statutory duties

20/03/2020

Social workers are concerned they will be unable to safeguard families and carry out their statutory duties in the face of mass isolation.

Union accuses town council of being like ‘The Godfather’

19/02/2020

There is a ‘systematic and sustained campaign of bullying’ in the Norfolk town council of Attleborough, according to the union Unite.

A 10% council pay rise is 'affordable' says Unison

12/02/2020

A 10% pay rise for council staff is 'affordable' and would boost local economies, new research from a trade union has said.

Unions reject 'disappointing' 2% council pay offer

05/02/2020

Trade unions have rejected a 2% pay increase for council staff and called on employers to 'come up with a better offer'.

Bromley's eight-month strike comes to an end

31/01/2020

An eight-month long strike at Bromley’s library services has finally ended following an agreement between Unite and the employer, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).

Blackpool Council announces 75 job losses

31/01/2020

Blackpool Council has announced that its new budget proposals will result in 75 job losses as it seeks to close a £5m budget gap.

Newcastle first council to be named UK’s most LGBT inclusive employer

30/01/2020

Newcastle City Council has become the first local authority to claim the top spot of Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list.

Family ‘left in distress’ after council fails to investigate noise complaint

29/01/2020

A council in West Northamptonshire has been criticized by the Ombudsman for its handling of a noise complaint from residents living near an industrial estate.

Pay dispute threatens to ‘disrupt’ council tax collection

24/01/2020

Newham council faces ‘significant disruption’ to council tax collection and rebates when staff stage a week-long strike in a job evaluation row.

Unions blast 'unnecessary' delay to council staff pay rise decision

23/01/2020

Trade unions have criticised employers for failing to make a pay offer to local government staff yet.

Council first in Northern Ireland to adopt ‘menopause policy’

08/01/2020

Derry Strabane Council has become the first local authority in Northern Ireland to adopt a ‘menopause policy’.

Council warns of 78 job cuts

07/01/2020

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has outlined plans to cut 78 jobs as part of plans to save £9.2m by 2021.

Former social workers urged to return to sector

06/01/2020

Former social workers are being encouraged to get back into the care sector with the return of a national scheme.

Recognition for chiefs in New Year Honours list

02/01/2020

Chief executives in Bradford, Harrogate, Leeds, and the chief executive officer of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy are among those to have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

Parish councillors call for childcare support

23/12/2019

Local councillors have urged the new Government to reform rules which prevent them from being able to claim childcare costs.

Former council employee who falsified air quality data convicted of fraud

20/12/2019

A former Waverley Borough Council employee has been given a suspended prison sentence for committing fraud after falsifying air quality data.

Council crematorium holds service with wrong body

16/12/2019

Coventry City Council has launched an investigation after a funeral service took place at a council-run crematorium with the wrong body.

Surrey firefighters vote for Christmas industrial action

12/12/2019

Firefighters in Surrey have voted in favour of industrial action short of strike over the Christmas period in order to fight against local authority cuts.

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