Friday, December 21, 2018

Mayor gives Christmas Cheer to Newham Council Staff

A good news story for Christmas. The new Mayor, Rokhsana Fiaz and the Finance Cabinet lead, Cllr (Red) Terry Paul have agreed to recommendations that the past administration Xmas working pay cuts to our staff are revised (as below).

Well done to all the recognised trade unions for their work on this and in particular, UNISON branch chair, Kim Silver, (UNISON is by far the largest union in Newham Local Government) who has been bending my ear on this topic (and others) for many a day.

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"Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz has listened to the views of Newham Council employees and asked that pay enhancements to some staff which were reduced last year, are reinstated to their former level. ​

​In June 2017, the payments made to approximately 300 employees required to work on Bank Holidays and on extra statutory days such as the close down period between Christmas and New Year, were reduced as part of a review into terms and conditions of employment.

The Mayor, following consultation with the Interim Chief Executive and the recognised trade unions led by branch officers from Unite on behalf of colleagues from Unison and GMB, has asked that the pay for those offering essential services to some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents, is reinstated to its original 2017 level for those eligible employees who work on the days between Christmas and the New Year, and other Bank Holidays.

The Mayor said: “I am committed to putting people at the heart of everything Newham Council does, and that includes our employees as well as our residents.

“I respect and value the work of all of our staff. They do a brilliant job in providing the services that residents have told me are important. This is not just the work they do every day, it also includes Bank Holidays and extra statutory days.

“I thank everyone who is supporting me in delivering the priorities of this new administration, but following conversations with many of them, and our trade unions, I have listened to their views and have asked the Interim Chief Executive to reinstate the statutory day payments back to their 2017 level for those who are eligible.”

The new level of enhanced payment comes into effect immediately. Those employees who are eligible can expect to receive the additional entitlement with their salary from February 2019.

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