Further Education Pay Deal Agreed

 
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UNISON Scotland’s FE Sector members accepted this “full and final” pay offer in our consultation ballot which ended on 18th January 2016.

In November 2015 UNISON members across all Scottish Further Education Colleges resoundingly rejected the ‘final’ offer to emerge from the first ever round of  Scottish pay negotiations and members signalled their desire to proceed to an industrial ballot.

As a consequence of that UNISON membership pressure, two further meetings of the National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC) were scheduled and this improved offer was made by the Employers;

FE member’s meetings are being held around Scotland, including Dumfries and Galloway College where it was explained to members that the offer isn’t everything we were looking for but the Employers have moved on a number of key negotiating objectives and have produced a revised package which provides some benefit to all our members, in particular the lowest paid. It is a good basis to move forward on for the next round of pay talks which will be submitted in the next few weeks.

There is still a lot of work to be done, in particular with the establishment of a short life working group to develop a workforce modernisation programme which will include a national set of terms and conditions, national job evaluation scheme and national  pay and grading scales.

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If you are a Dumfries and Galloway Council employee you are entitled to time off to attend subject to line manager approval .

Based outside Dumfries and want to attend? You will be allowed access to a pool car if available to attend.

For more information or an application form please email - info@unisondumfries.org.uk.

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If you are an employee of Dumfries and Galloway Council you are entitled subject to availblity a pool car to attend the course if required and paid time off to attend subject to line managers approval .

Should you have difficulty getting approval fron your line please let us know and we can see what we can do .

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The course is aimed at everyone and suitable for anyone regardless of their job role .

Finally should you wish to attend this course please message this page or email sean.skelton@dumgal.gov.uk .

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UNISON nationally is campaigning for more funding for mental health services so people can get the support they need when they need it .

Locally as a branch we are about to start engaging with our members and the wider work force to conduct a large scale mental health survey so that we can highlight issues to our employers and start working with them to improve support available to people suffering with mental health issues .

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