Magazine article Public Finance

Sheffield Plans to Sack and Rehire Staff in Pay Row

Magazine article Public Finance

Sheffield Plans to Sack and Rehire Staff in Pay Row

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Sheffield City Council has threatened to sack its entire 13,000 workforce and rehire staff on new contracts in the latest dispute over pay and grading structures.

Councils have to review their pay structures under the terms of the 1997 National Single Status Agreement, signed by unions and employers, which aimed to ensure that men and women received equal pay for work of equal value.

But Sheffield Unison has branded the process used to implement a new pay structure as 'fundamentally flawed'.

A spokesman for the union branch said: 'People aren't going to achieve equality by this process.' Unlike other local authorities, Sheffield had not evaluated individual jobs, but was using a job family modelling approach... coming up with generic job descriptions', he said. Changes to terms and conditions would also hit many workers.

Around 40% of the workforce will lose out - and a lot of these are women. Lunchtime supervisors on £40 a week will face a pay cut and nursery staff and teaching assistants are losing £3,000plus a year.'

The council has issued a formal HRl notice of redundancies to cover all staff - a move Unison called a thinly veiled threat sign up or lose out on a job'. …

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