A new low in employee relations?

The Stirrer is reporting that Birmingham City Council are due to lower the wages of some staff by as much as £15,000 pa.

The Council is being forced to adjust its wage structure to meet the Single Status objective, designed to iron out historic inequalities between male and female-dominated areas of work..

It’s thought that staff on whose income is being reduced will be given termination notices, and then an offer of re-engagement – those who refuse to sign will be sacked.

4 comments for “A new low in employee relations?

  1. Matthew
    7 March 2007 at 11:30 am

    Well, that £15k is probably just one employee – that street-light engineer on around £90k a year who managed to pick up all his performance bonuses despite being on long-term sick leave all year. If so, forgive me if no tears are shed! From listening to the radio at the time this was first reported, apparently there was a lot that went wrong with wage negotiations for BCC employees in the 1990s with a good number of people with salaries vastly above the going rate. When the representative from BCC was interviewed on Today, he intimated in a roundabout way that whoever agreed these salary structures hadn’t bothered to read them, or was an imbecile, or both.

  2. bounder
    7 March 2007 at 11:55 am

    I think the thing that upsets most is that your employer cans simply change the terms of your contract -and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it.

  3. Matthew
    7 March 2007 at 12:53 pm

    I have a hunch that employment law would normally protect these people – it’s quite strict about sacking people and then re-employing them into the same role – but for the fact that they’re being paid stupid money for what they do.

  4. Anonymous
    8 April 2007 at 9:22 am

    it’s happing to me at the moment, I work in a school, we have been told to expected a drop in wages, as I am only an LSP it won’t be worth carrying on with the job

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