Pay talks stop as unions reject 3 per cent offer

first_img Comments are closed. Pay talks stop as unions reject 3 per cent offerOn 27 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Local government pay talks have ground to a halt followingthe rejection by unions of a 3 per cent pay offer from local authorities. Unions are demanding a £1,000 flat rate pay claim, but theEmployers’ Organisation for Local Government (EOfLG) claims that 97 per cent ofcouncils cannot afford a flat rate increase.A significant flat rate increase is the only way to improverecruitment and retention problems in local government, unions believe. But the EOfLG argues local authorities do not have arecruitment and retention problem at the bottom end of the pay scale, which theflat rate is aimed at.  Adrian Pritchard, co-chairman of Socpo’s pay and employeerelations group, said, “Local government skills shortages are higher up incouncils, such as in the social services, lawyers and in IT, so a flat rateincrease will not help us recruit and retain skilled staff.”An EOfLG spokesperson said, “A 3 per cent increase will putthe local council minimum wage at £4.64, which is over a pound more than thenational minimum and 50p more than NHS lowest pay.”  The EOfLG claims that it consulted its members and 75 percent of them could not afford more than a 3 per cent pay rise.Socpo’s Pritchard said, “An increase of 6.4 per cent wouldcripple local government and price its staff out of the market.” Malcolm Wing, Unison’s national secretary, said, “Why shouldour members put up with low pay, demanding and often stressful work, when theycan get as much as £8 an hour stacking shelves overnight in a supermarket?”The EOfLG will consult with members before talks recommenceon 20 March. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

‘Positive sign’ as Alex Zanardi remains stable after handbike crash

first_imgZanardi suffered serious head injuries with multiple facial fractures and fears for his sight after losing control of his bike and colliding with a truck during a race in Italy on Friday.The 53-year-old Italian was airlifted to hospital in Siena and underwent three hours of delicate neurosurgery before being placed in an artificial coma and on a ventilator.”We cannot rule out complications,” Scolletta told journalists.”Compared to when Alex Zanardi arrived in the emergency room, conditions have really changed,” the doctor said. Alex Zanardi’s condition remained stable in hospital on Sunday, a “positive” sign for doctors two days after the former Formula One driver turned Paralympic champion suffered serious head injuries in a handbike crash in Italy.”The positive thing is that the more time passes and conditions remain stable, this gives us hope,” Sabino Scolletta, the head of critical care at the Santa Maria delle Scotte hospital in Siena, told journalists.”It means that there has been no step backwards and this gives us great confidence.” “We hope that the clinical condition remains stable, which would give us the opportunity during the week to start assessing the neurological situation.”An investigation has begun into the circumstances surrounding the accident in Tuscany and the truck driver has already been questioned. Investigators have seized the truck and Zanardi’s handbike and mobile telephone.A former Formula 1 driver, Zanardi has become one of the great figures in disabled sports after both his legs were amputated in 2001 following a motor racing accident on the Lausitzring track in Germany.He went on to win four gold medals on his handbike in the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, and two silver medals, and multiple world titles.”He is a great athlete and we hope that this will also apply in this demanding situation,” added Scolletta.Zanardi raced for Jordan, Minardi and Lotus in Formula 1 in the early 1990s before switching to the CART championship in the United States where he was series champion in 1997 and 1998.He returned to F1 with Williams in 1999 before heading back to CART.His passion remained motor racing and he had recently announced he would drive a specially-adapted BMW in the final endurance round of this year’s Italian GT Championship at Monza in November.Topics :last_img read more