NURSERY nurses hit by a £4,000 pay cut were denied a vote during a ballot on the new pay deal.
Flintshire Council and the Flintshire Joint Trade Unions (GMB, UCATT, Unison and Unite) yesterday announced the combined members’ ballot on the Single Status Agreement has been accepted by a large majority.
But non-teaching staff at Ysgol Derwen, Kinnerton, were not sent ballot papers. All nine of the school’s Unison members missed the chance to vote.
Nursery nurse Amanda Bell, who has worked at the school for 20 years, will see her pay cut from £16,500 to £12,500 under the new deal and said it was “unacceptable” staff had not been sent ballot papers. Other employees affected include office staff, teaching assistants, caretakers and kitchen staff.
“We’re all hopping mad,” said Mrs Bell. “We should have had the chance to vote. As far as we’re concerned we don’t know whether it’s a legal ballot.“
“This whole thing has been a farce from beginning to end,” she added, saying staff were now considering pulling out of Unison.
Flintshire Unison union branch secretary Sarah Taylor said the mistake happened due to an administrative error and following an investigation, she had written to all the staff affected.
She said: “We have apologised and given them a full explanation of what happened.
Staff have also been advised they can make a formal complaint if they so choose.
“All our members are important and I accept they should have had a vote. But in terms of whether it made any difference to the outcome, it didn’t. We sent out 2,600 ballots and nine people didn’t get them.”
Mrs Taylor said with a near 50 per cent turn out, more than 73 per cent had voted to accept the deal, similar to the results of the GMB, UCATT and Unite union.