Sunday, 14 February 2010

Bassetlaw branch victory on agency workers

Regular readers of this blog will know we've been campaigning to get councils to control what they are spending on agency workers and consultants as it is clear there is signifcant waste. If you've missed our campaign you can find out about it here, here and here.

Bassetlaw branch (who incidentally won the region's Branch of the Year award a few weeks ago) have been doggedly pursing this issue for 2 years.

There have been agency workers working at the council in both refuse and street cleaning. In some cases this was in excess of 5 years. For the past 2 years or so they have raised this subject at the council's negotiating forum and they have also written to councillors about it.

Following lengthy negotiations the branch are now able to report that 22 of the agency workers have been made permanent employees of the council from this month.

This is a win-win. The council will be saving money by not paying the agency and the workers will be getting proper rates of pay with access to holidays and sick pay.

Congratulations to the branch for being so persistent and not giving up.

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