Union vows to fight pro­posed cuts to din­ner ladies’ hours

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS - By ED­DIE BISKNELL Lo­cal democ­racy re­porter ed­die.bisknell@reach­plc.com @Ed­dieBisk

A TRADES union has pledged to fight “wor­ry­ing” plans from the county coun­cil which could see school din­ner ladies lose up to £100 from their monthly pay pack­ets.

In July, a leaked Der­byshire County Coun­cil re­port showed that the author­ity was con­sid­er­ing re­duc­ing the num­ber of hours that ca­ter­ing staff work by eight per cent.

This would see ca­ter­ing su­per­vi­sors – or din­ner ladies – work­ing 37 hours a week earn­ing around £97 less each month. Those work­ing 30 hours would earn al­most £80 less.

The coun­cil said this is to en­sure it can com­pete with pri­vate sec­tor ca­ter­ing firms and that the “small cuts”, if ap­proved, would not im­pact on the qual­ity of school meals. The coun­cil em­ploys 952 ca­ter­ing staff.

GMB of­fi­cer Les­ley Waudby said: “The county coun­cil have started a con­sul­ta­tion to slash school staff ca­ter­ing hours and this could take as much as £100 a month out of din­ner ladies’ pay pack­ets.

“Wor­ry­ingly, no­body at the county coun­cil has even looked at the fea­si­bil­ity of de­liv­er­ing the school meals on these re­duced hours, and the coun­cil have done noth­ing to as­sess the gen­der pay im­pact of these cuts to a pre­dom­i­nantly fe­male work­force.”

In June, the author­ity in­creased the cost of school meals for the first time in three years.

The cost of pri­mary, nurs­ery and spe­cial school meals went up by 10p to £2.10 and sec­ondary school meals by 5p to £2.88.

The changes were made as a re­sult of the in­creas­ing costs of sup­ply­ing 60,000 meals each year while main­tain­ing high qual­ity food.

The coun­cil says the cut­backs to ca­ter­ing staff hours are a re­sult of “ris­ing food and labour costs”.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “We are con­sult­ing with our pri­mary school meals staff over pos­si­ble small re­duc­tions in the num­ber of hours they are em­ployed for.

“We need to find bud­get sav­ings. We would ex­pect staff to lose in the re­gion of half-an-hour to one-anda-half-hours a week. We do not be­lieve that these small cuts in hours will af­fect the qual­ity of the meals our staff pro­duce.”

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