Staff agree to unpaid leave to save council cash

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WORKERS at North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) have agreed to changes in employment terms to save cash which include performance related pay, reductions in overtime pay and unpaid leave.

The changes will be drafted in over the next 12 months and come after consultation on a range of proposals.

Staff have agreed to two days unpaid leave every year, the removal of enhanced payments for overtime with payments to be at a flat rate, reduction in mileage expenses by seven pence and the ability to remove pay from staff who are not performing satisfactorily including being off sick too much.

It is thought the move will save NYCC £2 million in a bid to cope with cuts to its budget imposed by central government.

Chief Executive Richard Flinton paid tribute staff saying they continue to work hard in difficult times

He said: “These are worrying and anxious times for our staff, many of whom are worried about their jobs. Despite all this they have agreed to a pay cut, in the form of two days unpaid leave and other reductions to their terms and conditions, in order to save £2 million, which will be a significant contribution to the savings the council has to make over the next few years.”

UNISON branch secretary Wendy Nichols said they were disappointed the inappropriate way the government has implemented their policy of public sector cuts.

She added: “This is evidence, if any was needed, of council staff commitment to delivering the best possible services to North Yorkshire residents.

“It should be set in the context of this being the second year of no pay rise whilst there are increasing costs of living and imminent increases to the contribution staff will need to make to their pension scheme which will reduce their take home pay further.”