17 November 2010
Council facing grievance claims after asking staff to take pay cuts
A local authority in the Midlands may be on the verge of facing more grievance cases based on pay discrimination after it asked around 3,000 employees to take a reduction in wages.
Leicester City Council has formally written to approximately 12,000 members of its staff to ask them to sign new contracts, with around half of these expected to be offered either cuts or freezes on their salaries.
According to Alistair Reid, strategic director for the organisation, these proposals have been made to ensure the council - which has 54 councillors and employs more than 15,000 people - abides by new equal pay legislation.
"We have to ensure that all the salaries we pay to our staff are seen to be fair and equitable," he commented.
However, a spokesman for the authority told the news source that a "number of staff" have already lodged appeals against these possible changes, with around 80 employees facing a loss of more than £7,000 annually.
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Posted by Richard Saunders