Dundee from above

Unite slams Dundee City Council attack on workers

Unite the union has today (19 February) strongly criticised an attack on workers’ terms and conditions by the SNP led administration of Dundee City Council.

Following a meeting last night (18 February) of the Dundee City Council Policy and Resources Committee a series of detrimental changes to the current terms and conditions of employees were voted through by the SNP administration. The measures, which will affect all Council employees, were passed through despite pleas by the Joint Trade Unions for round table discussions on the proposals after only three weeks’ notice of the proposed changes. A plea supported by all other councillors.

The proposed changes reduces the protection of earnings afforded to all employees when a forced change to a lesser paid role arises, restricts the length of time an employee can flexibly retire, and imposes the threat of compulsory redundancy on the workers.

Unite regional industrial officer Bob Macgregor said: “It is a ludicrous position for Council Leader John Alexander to claim that the proposals does not change the terms and conditions of Dundee City Council employees when those employees had a three year cash conservation of wages and today they will have one year.  Yesterday, those employees could flexibly retire at their own pace and today they must do it within 2 years. Shamefully, employees will now face the threat of compulsory redundancy. 

“The changes were unilaterally imposed on the workforce without any meaningful consultation. The Joint Trade Union deputations made it abundantly clear that we had been presented with this proposal only weeks ago and were only afforded one meeting on the paper before it was voted through by the SNP administration. I really hope that the workers, their families and friends remember this betrayal of the workers when it comes time to vote for the next administration.”

ENDS

For more information contact Bob Macgregor on 07711376918.

Notes to editor: 

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.

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