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UNISON MEMBERS are needed at the following lobbies:
Tuesday, 10 December
Wallasey Town Hall
Monday, 16 December
Wallasey Town Hall
These are the meetings which will make the final decisions on the proposed cuts in your jobs, the services you provide and the Severance Scheme
Don't rely on others
Make sure you are there!
27 November 2013
WIRRAL COUNCIL BUDGET 2014 / 2015
In February 2013 Wirral Council Cabinet amended the Council Severance Scheme by changing the weekly pay multiplier from 2.2 to 1.8. Thus reducing the maximum number of weeks pay used in the redundancy package from a previous potential of 66 weeks to a new maximum of 54 weeks. In September 2013 Wirral Council put forward a Budget Option entitled 'Transforming Wirral Council' which proposes to remove the multiplier completely. This would reduce the maximum number of weeks used in the redundancy package down to 30. Most members would not qualify for even this figure due to factors such as their age and the number of years they have worked in Council.
The only remaining difference between the new proposed scheme and the rock bottom Statutory Scheme would be that unlike the Statutory Scheme the amount of weekly pay used in the calculation would be capped at £450 per week. This is the middle of the Band G grade.
Wirral UNISON has stated their strong objections to this change to both the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive. We believe that the current scheme with its present 1.8 multiplier enhancement allows the possibility of the Council being able to reduce it's workforce on a voluntary basis.
The removal of the multiplier would mean a substantial reduction in the number of staff who have applied to leave the Council under the Voluntary Severance Scheme. This would bring the prospect of large scale compulsory redundancies much closer to our members.
Keeping the current scheme is still the most effective method of avoiding this threat. As detailed in the last newsletter, the proposed remodelling of the Council could bring in job cuts on a scale never seen before in Wirral Council. We are now asking our members to help us keep our current scheme. Only with your help and involvement will we be able to avoid this threatened horror show.
What UNISON is doing
- Branch Officers and stewards are supporting those members directly affected by the options
- Senior Branch Officers are attending almost daily meetings with leading Council Officers to ensure that the voice of UNISON members is heard.
- Two stewards from each Stewards Committee and seconded Branch Officers have formed the 'Think Again Campaign' against the cuts. All stewards have been issued with a petition for members to sign.
- Senior Branch Officers are meeting with the Leader of the Council regularly.
- Your UNISON branch will be organising a number of lobbies in opposition to the proposals.
We will need your help as UNISON members to demonstrate the strength of feeling against these proposals. ALL members need to play their part to show Councillors that they must come up with alternatives to their current proposals which have such a negative impact on members and their families.
Members need to lobby the Labour Members Policy Meeting which will be held at the Lauries Centre in Birkenhead on Saturday, 30 November at 8.45am.
In the last newsletter we gave you two key dates. The Council has now changed both of these meetings so please ensure that you have these new dates in your diaries:
Budget Cabinet on Tuesday, 10th December at 5.00pm
Budget Council on Monday, 16th December at 5.00pm
We are planning to hold lobbies at both of these meetings outside Wallasey Town Hall. It is absolutely vital that ALL members attend all three of these important lobbies.