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'Too Many Bodies Negotiate Council Pay

Magazine article Public Finance

'Too Many Bodies Negotiate Council Pay

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The number of bodies involved in local government pay negotiations in Scotland should be reduced, the head of the council employers' organisation has told MSPs.

Giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament's finance committee on January 13, Joe di Paola, who leads pay negotiations on behalf of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, said there was a case for streamlining the negotiating set-up.

There are currently five separate negotiating groups. The main one is the Scottish Joint Council, which covers most local government employees, but there are also groups for chief officials, teachers, craft workers and police staff.

Di Paola told the committee, which is conducting an inquiry into public sector pay: 'I would like to get more clarity into the bargaining arrangements and, frankly, my ambition would be to reduce the number of bargaining units we currently have. …

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