Magazine article Public Finance

Bury Withdraws Notice to Sack and Rehire Staff

Magazine article Public Finance

Bury Withdraws Notice to Sack and Rehire Staff

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Bury council has been forced to retract letters terminating the contracts of its 4,000 staff within a week of sending them.

The Greater Manchester authority sent the letters on January 2, ending the contracts but offering re-engagement on new terms. The aim was to force through a new pay and grading structure to meet the councils equal pay obligations.

The withdrawal of the notices means Bury will be unable to implement new terms before April 1 and will have to pay any increments due to staff under their existing contracts.

The move to sack and rehire staff follows similar action taken by Birmingham City Council in April last year, in a dispute also driven by equal pay requirements.

In November, the threat of strikes forced the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham to backtrack on its plan to impose new contracts in an attempt to cut costs. …

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