STAFF responses to possible wage cuts have been “mature”, according to Flintshire Council’s leading officer.
Flintshire Council chief executive Colin Everett said council staff set to suffer a wages cut as a result of the council’s new single status pay agreement had responded in a positive way, despite the potential setback to their fortunes.
About 15 per cent of council’s 7,000 staff members are set for a pay cut as a result of the long-awaited Single Status Agreement.
Mr Everett, addressing members of the local authority’s audit committee at County Hall, Mold, yesterday, said: “A lot of people are satisfied with the outcome of the Single Status Agreement.
“The reaction is broadly being received as we expected. It’s very positive to say the outcome has been very mature.
“People who may be worried about job security are also still pulling their weight.”
Mr Everett also told councillors more than 600 calls had been received by a special human resources hotline set up by the council in the wake of Single Status Agreement preparations. More than two thirds of the calls had been resolved on the same day.
The much delayed pay scheme was proposed by council chiefs in 2009 and sparked controversy when more than 1,000 council staff members were due to be hit by wage cuts. As a result it was put on hold.
The new agreement was secured in a behind closed doors meeting at Flintshire Council in October.
The deal will see some staff members be entitled to an increase their base pay, with the pay of 84.5 per cent of workers staying the same.
New terms and conditions which cover entitlements such as premium payments for working anti-social hours and car allowances will cover the whole workforce, apart from teachers.
Trades unions, whose representatives attended the October meeting, now need to secure the permission of their national offices to ballot the workforce on the proposals. A date for that ballot has not yet been agreed.
One staff member, who is set to lose out as a result of the agreement, told the Leader: “Having just received a letter regarding my new grade after the results of single status, I am very disappointed.
“Along with the other 15 per cent of the of jobs, mine has had a drop. It would appear the 50 per cent of jobs who have benefited are the top end of the job spectrum. This would mean the gap is getting bigger.
“I would like to say there are some people who deserve the pay rise while there are a lot who don’t.
“The county council is having to make lots of cuts over the next couple of years and many jobs may be at risk. In view of this, would it not be an idea if all 70 county councillors were to take a cut in their allowances?
“Their basic allowance is in the region of £13,000 per annum. Shouldn’t the councillors be representing their constituents because they care and not because there is a personal financial gain?”