Members of the Unison union at Kirklees council, West Yorkshire, were set to meet this week to discuss their industrial action ballot. Their conditions of service are being attacked as a result of single status.
After three years of negotiations, agreement was reached on single status. This achieved improvements in pay and conditions for many workers.
However, at the 11th hour, the council withdrew workers’ ability to appeal to elected members without consultation.
This is particularly damaging given that the implementation of single status will lead to many disputes. This is due to the interpretation of the agreement.
These disputes would usually be resolved by appeals to elected members. Council officers want to have full control of the appeals process.
Unison has agreed that a ballot for industrial action will commence shortly.
Since the decision to ballot was taken the employers have reneged on a number of crucial issues that were agreed in the single status negotiations.
The council has reneged on the salary framework agreement, which would have ensured members did not lose money as a result of single status.