Councillors back pay review deadline extension
3:32pm Thursday 28th February 2013 in News
County councillors have unanimously agreed that staff will not be denied hardship payments if they do not sign up to a pay and grading review by the end of today (Thursday).
A notice of motion amendment put forward by Labour group leader Cllr Paul Miller called for the "threat" of the loss to be removed, staff given the full information on their job evaluation, an appeal date to be fixed and four weeks to consider the information before signing.
The controversial pay and grading review has caused much concern recently with a number of staff members facing up to a £5,000 loss in salary.
What is not yet clear is whether staff who have already signed can withdraw their letter and reconsider with the full information available.
Just 5% of affected staff had not returned their forms at the time of the meeting councillors were told.
Some councillors voiced their concerns about how the process had been carried out, with Saundersfoot county councillor Phil Baker saying: "Not in my name".
"The idea that telling people they must sign or face losing the hardship payment is holding a gun to their head. We are forcing people to come here to sign up to lose money, how on earth can we be in a position that this is reasonable and fair?" said Cllr Miller.