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
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”