Cuts Watch #367: Pay Cuts in Southampton
Southampton Council has told its workers that the pay cut it has been trying to persuade them to accept since before Christmas will be imposed if they do not agree. The pay cut (ranging from two to five and a half per cent for staff earnings over £17,000) has been rejected by UNISON and UNITE officers, who are balloting their members. The Council’s plans also involve scrapping increments, and reducing car allowances and mileage rates; even if the cuts are accepted the Council has trefused to give a guarantee of no compulsory redundancies. Council leaders say they are willing to dismiss and re-engage employees who do not accept the changes.
The unions are also considering a formal complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office over a breach of the Data Protection Act after the Conservative-controlled council admitted to trawling through payroll data to find out which employees are union members.