FOR INTERNAL STAFF ONLY
The Council's proposals to introduce Single Status, which will see many lower-paid staff receive a pay rise, are taking a step forward.
More than 90 per cent of employees have accepted the Council's offer for revised terms and conditions and a 45-day consultation with the trade unions has recently ended.
More than 9,100 employees have responded positively to the offer and the Council is now aiming to implement the changes in April.
All Councils have an obligation to introduce Single Status and the Council has been negotiating for many years with trade unions.
Back in October the Council began a 45-day consultation to reach agreement on the Single Status package and to avoid the need to dismiss and re-engage those staff who hadn't accepted the offer. The consultation period recently ended without reaching agreement with the trade unions.
The Council is now at the point where it wants to introduce Single Status to ensure its pay structure is equality-proofed and employees are on harmonised terms and conditions.
Letters have now been posted to around 500 employees who have either rejected the offer or who have not yet responded. The letters will invite these employees to accept the Council's new terms and conditions.
Single Status will result in £32m increase in salary and back-pay for thousands of staff, especially for those in traditionally lower-paid jobs like catering and cleaning.
It comes on top of a further £1m which was spent in November introducing a Living Wage, which means that no Council worker in Swansea will be paid less than £7.45 an hour.
Under the Council's Single Status offer more than 80% of staff will not lose pay: 34% will have a pay increase; 47% will remain the same and 18% will have a pay reduction.
Staff losing pay will receive pay protection for up to two years and will move to the top of their new pay grade to help cushion the loss. The Single Status Staff Information Booklet available on-line refers to a number of employee support services including the Helping Hands service (see Appendix C of the booklet) which employees may find useful.
The proposals will be funded by money the Council has set aside in previous years.