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Budget Cuts – The Latest

Proposed Terms and Conditions Cuts

As you will be aware The GMB have been in discussions with The Leader and The Chief Executive for a number of weeks regarding the significant funding problems facing the authority. This has resulted in a substantial number of Service Reviews, Restructuring and Voluntary Severances throughout the authority.

On the 19th January 2012 The GMB attended a meeting with Strategic Human Resources. At this meeting we were notified of the current budget position and RMBC’s intended approach to addressing it.

The funding gap for the 2012/13 financial year is £20.4 million.

Today (Tuesday 7th February) The GMB was invited to a meeting with the Leader and the Chief Executive, at which we were asked to commence formal consultation with our members.

RMBC has again stated their intention to reinstate the 1.15% deduction (meaning that we will see this back in our pay packets in April 2012), however the authority has indicated it’s intention to seek agreement for a further years freeze on incremental progression.

The authority feels that this would be more acceptable than other options that were under consideration.

The authority has also indicated that at this time, this is the only matter that it wishes us to formally consult our members on.

The GMB are in a position to announce dates for face to face consultation meetings with members similar to those held last year

These meetings will be held at the Arts Centre Theatre, Library and Arts Centre, Walker Place, on:

Wednesday 15 February 2012 at 10am

Thursday 16 February 2012 at 2pm

The GMB urges all members to attend one of the sessions.

Strategic Human Resources are to encourage Directors and Managers to allow GMB members to attend in working time, taking into account the needs of the service.

The GMB would like to start to collect members views on this proposal and are opening up the “Have your Say” page in the members only area. Please click here to register your comments.

Regards

Eric                                  Lee                                    Amanda

Branch Secretary     Branch Convenor      Branch Convenor

Posted: 18th April 2012

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