UNISON has been made aware that head teachers at some schools have informed support staff that the employer’s proposals on the changes to terms and conditions have been agreed by the Unions and these changes will be implemented on 01 September 2014. In addition, support staff are being told that they must sign up to the variation in contract.
If you believe that you have been misinformed in this way, please contact the branch office.
For clarity, negotiations have not yet resumed with the collective trade unions and we are not scheduled to meet until after 01 April 2014. Nothing has been agreed by UNISON in respect to the proposed changes to terms and conditions. As you are aware no collective agreement was reached with the employer with regard to the variation to terms and conditions and thus has been imposed on those employees who work outside of schools who did not voluntarily sign up to the variation in contract.
In addition, no employee has to agree to voluntarily sign up to the varied new contract and UNISON’s advice has been consistent. Do not voluntarily sign to agree to the changes to your terms and conditions if you want to protect your legal rights.
UNISON will be organising the working group as soon as negotiations resume and we will keep all members informed of the progress.
Please share this information with your colleagues.
The Council has written to all employees affected by Single Status giving you until 2nd January to sign up to the new terms and conditions. You have been given two options, either to accept or reject.
As we are unable presently to achieve a collective agreement the employer is clearly trying to put pressure on employees (in the run up to the holiday season!) to sign up to the new terms and conditions. We would urge UNISON members not to sign and should the employer need to impose new terms and conditions, you will be offered a new contract on those terms after your notice period runs out on your existing contract of employment.
UNISON has heard that managers have been telling people they will be dismissed if they don’t sign. What managers don’t seem to be adding is that you will be offered a new contract at the same time! To preserve your legal rights we would urge members not to sign and to go for option 2. In the meantime updates will be put on our website (an FAQ etc) and we will continue negotiating on your behalf.
Please also read this article in the Derby Telegraph: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Don-t-sign-equal-pay-contracts-Unison-tells-city/story-20313030-detail/story.html