Early Retirement and Voluntary Severance (ERVS)

 
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Our Council faces significant budget challenges over the next 3 years as reported to Full Council on 12 December 2017.

 

From a net budget of £350m, our Council will have to deliver a further £50m over the next 3 years (£70m already saved over last 6 years). This is a significant challenge and management teams are reviewing how services are delivered and to identify ways to meet the savings requirement resulting in unwelcome but substantial reductions in our workforce.

 

Our Council, with the support of the Joint Trade Unions, continues to support no compulsory redundancies, therefore, to deliver the required reductions in our workforce our Early Retirement Voluntary Severance Scheme (ERVS) remains open for employees aged 50 and above.

 

This does not mean that all volunteers will be able to retire; however, every effort will be made to release staff provided there is a justifiable business reason for doing so. The practicalities of delivering services with less people means that early release may be delayed to the medium to longer-term (1-3 years) and in some cases, the request may be refused on operational grounds.

 

If you expressed an interest on or after February 2016 and were unsuccessful or you withdrew your application then you do not need to re-apply and a further communication will be issued to you by Friday 12 January.

 

If you have not applied previously or since February 2016 and would like to register your interest then please get in touch so we can start the conversation with you. You can phone our ERVS helpdesk: 62835/65186 [internal] or 030 33 33 3003 [external]

 

Teachers are covered by a different scheme and teachers who express an interest will be given details of their scheme.

 

 

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To let you know that the 2019 UNISON Dumfries and Galloway Branch AGM will take place on the 27th February in the Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries at 5pm.
We are seeking, nominations for Branch Officers and Stewards posts and Branch motions. The relevant forms are available from the Branch office or website. Motions should be received by the 4th of February 2019 and nominations for branch positions should be received by the 20th of February 2019.
Members requiring crèche facilities should contact the Branch Office no later than Monday, the 13th of February 2019. The crèche is only available to members who have made arrangements in advance. Any carers allowance must also be requested before the meeting.
A good attendance at the Annual General Meeting is essential to the running of the Branch. We would be grateful if you could make every effort to attend, please encourage your colleagues as well to ensure that the Branch is able elect its officers and have structures in place to support our members.
Full details of the agenda, motions, etc. will be placed on the branch website. Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact us.
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So what is the new pay off you may ask !!!

The full offer from the Councils to the unions-
COSLA is now proposing an offer which covers a three year period, from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. If agreed the award for 2018 will be backdated to the 1 April 2018 application date. They key elements of the offer are:
 2018/19 – an increase of 3.5 per cent for everyone earning up to £80,000 (for those earning above this a flat rate of £1600 will apply.)
 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 In each of these three years the Scottish Local Government Living Wage will rise by the percentage uplift referred to above.
 Full consolidation of the Living Wage, with Councils aiming to achieve this by March 2021. In exceptional circumstances, and where agreed with the Joint Trade Unions, an extension to this can be agreed, which will incorporate a firm commitment of a final implementation date for consolidation of 2022.
 Reaffirmation of COSLA’s policy statement on pay parity across the Local Government workforce.
 A commitment to re-open negotiations with the Joint Trade Unions in the event of another Local Government bargaining group’s total pay offer value being revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement.
...

So what is the new pay off you may ask !!! 

The full offer from the Councils to the unions-
COSLA is now proposing an offer which covers a three year period, from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. If agreed the award for 2018 will be backdated to the 1 April 2018 application date. They key elements of the offer are:
 2018/19 – an increase of 3.5 per cent for everyone earning up to £80,000 (for those earning above this a flat rate of £1600 will apply.)
 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 In each of these three years the Scottish Local Government Living Wage will rise by the percentage uplift referred to above.
 Full consolidation of the Living Wage, with Councils aiming to achieve this by March 2021. In exceptional circumstances, and where agreed with the Joint Trade Unions, an extension to this can be agreed, which will incorporate a firm commitment of a final implementation date for consolidation of 2022.
 Reaffirmation of COSLA’s policy statement on pay parity across the Local Government workforce.
 A commitment to re-open negotiations with the Joint Trade Unions in the event of another Local Government bargaining group’s total pay offer value being revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement.