Over 2,000 Kirklees Unison members met last week at Huddersfield football stadium to discuss the council’s proposals on single status.
Despite salary protection arrangements for life, increased annual leave for everyone below scale six, full maternity leave for six weeks and half pay for 33 weeks, overtime payments for part time workers before they reach 37 hours and the potential of 12 months full pay when sick, the meeting voted unaminously to reject the proposals.
The meeting was particularly concerned about the flexibility the council is demanding around the working week, wanting Saturday and Sunday as part of the “normal” week. This would affect enhancements and overtime payments as the council also wants normal working hours to start at as 6am and continue until 10pm.
The council also wants to introduce performance related increments.
The council’s proposal to get rid of 1,100 essential car users allowances as part of their green agenda also caused concern. Kirklees Unison were due to meet this week to discuss what happens next.