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Southampton Council Could Start California Style Furloughs

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http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/8770833.It_s_unpaid_leave_or_another_400_jobs_go_at_council/

UNION bosses have condemned a fresh proposal for council staff in Southampton to take five days unpaid leave to help slice 5.4 per cent off the authority’s wage bill.

All staff would also see their pay grades moved back one point and have their pay cut by a further one per cent.

Tory council leaders had previously proposed cutting the working week by two hours to make nearly £9m of savings to meet drastic Government funding cuts.

Up to 250 council posts will be axed next year in addition to the pay cuts.

New chief executive Alistair Neill threatened at least 400 more posts would have to be cut over two years without the changes to pay and conditions.

The council’s Unite convenor Mark Wood: “The proposals as they stand are in my view worse than the original. The council has misunderstood the representations of unions and its members by thinking the revised proposals with additional unpaid leave as opposed to reduced working hours would be more acceptable.”

Unison branch secretary Mike Tucker added: “The feedback we’ve received in general is hostile to what the council is proposing.”

He said talks with both unions would continue up until a joint members meeting later this month when a ballot for strike action could be called for.

National union leaders have predicted a surge in strike action for 2011 on a scale not seen since the campaign to abolish the poll tax.

Mr Tucker added the council has failed to offer any guarantees that the changes to terms and conditions would only apply for 12 months or agree to scrap an “unfair” £1m council tax discount for pensioners to help save jobs and services.

If no agreement is reached, unions say council leaders would have to take the extreme measure of sacking all staff and re-employ them on reduced contracts.

The proposals, which would apply equally from chief officers down, were unveiled in a letter to staff by Mr Neill.

They follow consultation with line managers who felt they would cause less disruption to the working week.

It comes as finance bosses admitted Southampton City Council’s budget faces a shortfall £5m more than the £20m expected.

City Council leader Royston Smith said the council’s proposals were “really tough” but would safeguard frontline services although he has admitted some services will have to be cut.

Seems it is finally starting after the phoney war of 2010.

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I expect to see this in more councils across the country.

I think most people could easily have 5 days off without it affecting workload, especially in councils. Loss of wages is a bit of an issue for those carrying debt but in today's climate your better off keeping your job if you can.

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I expect to see this in more councils across the country.

I think most people could easily have 5 days off without it affecting workload, especially in councils. Loss of wages is a bit of an issue for those carrying debt but in today's climate your better off keeping your job if you can.

Of course this should particularly apply to back office workers and council managers. Frankly if they all had to take 200 furlough days no one would notice. Of course without the bin men we might see some issues.

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http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/8770833.It_s_unpaid_leave_or_another_400_jobs_go_at_council/

Seems it is finally starting after the phoney war of 2010.

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Having previously worked in Local Govt. This proposal would not cause any hardship to either the staff or local tax payers. Every year the unions demand a 5% pay increase and after negotiation, settle for 2.5 - 3%, even when inflation was virtually non existent. So a pay cut is not unreasonable.

As for unpaid leave, staff could easily take one day off per week for a month. If I was given that option or lose my job, I know which would be preferable.

It's about time Govt. employees realise they are not immune and have been ring fenced for too long.

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Of course this should particularly apply to back office workers and council managers. Frankly if they all had to take 200 furlough days no one would notice. Of course without the bin men we might see some issues.

Bin men? What bin men?

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