Brecks chiefs play down strike threat

Leaders at Breckland Council have hit back at claims that staff views on the introduction of a perform-ance-related pay scheme are being ignored.Representatives of the trades union Unison said its members were considering balloting for strike action because they felt they had not been consulted over the plans for the Breckland reward and recognition scheme.

Leaders at Breckland Council have hit back at claims that staff views on the introduction of a perform-ance-related pay scheme are being ignored.

Representatives of the trades union Unison said its members were considering balloting for strike action because they felt they had not been consulted over the plans for the Breckland reward and recognition scheme.

But yesterday the council issued a statement saying that it has been consulting staff and union represent-atives about the changes for nearly 18 months.

The scheme was discussed by the council's joint consult-ative committee yesterday.

Council leader William Nunn said: “Breckland is trying to move with its staff towards a new way of rewarding performance, rather than the old system of pay based on length of service and global cost of living,” he said.

He said the matter had been discussed fully at joint staff and general purposes committees and cabinet and will be discussed at a special meeting of the general purposes committee next Wednesday.