Brecks staff threaten strike over pay

Staff at Breckland Council could strike over plans to overhaul their salaries.Local government union Unison said its members were considering balloting for industrial action because they felt workers had not been fully consulted on proposals to introduce performance-related pay.

Staff at Breckland Council could strike over plans to overhaul their salaries.

Local government union Unison said its members were considering balloting for industrial action because they felt workers had not been fully consulted on proposals to introduce performance-related pay.

A survey of Breckland workers by Unison found that 80pc of those who responded did not feel valued as employees and 68pc had low confidence in the management.

The threat came as the council's internal watchdog, the overview and scrutiny committee, demanded to be allowed to examine both the pay proposals and plans to change mileage payments.

Council leader William Nunn accepted there was a need for more consultation and said Unison would be given a chance to comment on the proposals at two dedicated meetings.

The proposals would also be heard before at least three more meetings before being approved.

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He added that staff who produced results would be better, not worse, off.

“We are hoping to give bonuses to boost performance and this will be a boon for the 60pc of our staff who have reached the top of their incremental pay scale,” he said.