KCC unions seek talks in pay dis­pute

‘MORE THAN FAIR’: Staff bal­loted over one per cent of­fer Unions ask for ar­bi­tra­tion af­ter work­ers vote for action

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ing to hold talks with the con­cil­i­a­tion ser­vice ACAS in an at­tempt to avoid that hap­pen­ing.

“We are ask­ing KCC to restart ne­go­ti­a­tions with a view to ask­ing them to in­volve ACAS so it can be taken to ar­bi­tra­tion,” said Mr Lloyd. “If that is ac­cepted, we would tem­po­rar­ily sus­pend any in­dus­trial action.”

It is un­der­stood that staff be­long­ing to the GMB union who have been bal­loted have also sup­ported in­dus­trial action.

Kent County Coun­cil has of­fered staff a one per cent pay award this year, say­ing that the eco­nomic cli­mate calls for re­straint.

KCC leader Cllr Paul Carter said he was will­ing to talk but the of­fer was non-ne­go­tiable.

“I am very happy to meet and talk but I will not be chang­ing the of­fer.

“The Na­tional Pay Set­tle­ment for coun­cils may be zero per cent and if that is the case, our set­tle­ment will look gen­er­ous.

“I be­lieve we have made a more than fair of­fer to staff.”

If ar­bi­tra­tion fails, union mem­bers are likely to agree action such as work­ing to rule.

Cllr Paul Carter - “of­fer is non-ne­go­tiable”

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