Cuts to staff perks at Hull City Council 'won't be nodded through', says union leader
HULL: A union leader says moves to axe staff perks at Hull City Council will not be simply nodded through.
Changes to long- standing, locally agreed terms and conditions are expected to be backed by the authority's cabinet next month.
Negotiations with trade unions at the council will then follow.
Senior councillors and officers say overhauling overtime deals, higher-than- average mileage rates and redundancy payout agreements is necessary to offset cuts in government funding.
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But Adrian Kennett, branch secretary of the Unison union at the Guildhall, said his team would be bringing their own proposals to the negotiating table.
He said: "We will enter into negotiations regarding terms and conditions.
"We have been asking for their proposals for almost a year without response.
"We will look to protect jobs and services.
"This does not mean we will bargain away terms and conditions out of hand.
"We will also bring proposals to the table and we are acutely aware both of the stringent financial position the council is in and also the significant amounts of money spent on consultants and agency workers."
Mr Kennett said his union had been asking council leaders to come forward with money-saving proposals since October last year.
He said: "Had they responded, there could have already been significant savings made.
"Ultimately, our members will decide on whether any proposed changes are acceptable."
City council leader Steve Brady said some overtime and mileage rates offered by the authority were no longer affordable.