Friday, June 18, 2010

Decision delayed on council pay freeze - Press & Journal

Decision delayed on council pay freeze - Press & Journal:
Unions make legal challenge vow over controversial plans

By Calum Ross
Published: 18/06/2010

Councillors in Aberdeen have backed controversial plans to withdraw automatic pay rises for thousands of staff, but a final decision has been delayed.

The local authority’s ruling Liberal Democrat-SNP administration attempted to push through plans to withhold pay-rise increments for 6,555 workers yesterday.

Administration councillors suggested at the finance committee meeting that more than 200 jobs could be axed to save the £4.5 million that would be gained from delaying pay rises for a year.

The move was agreed despite looming legal challenges and the threat of industrial action by trade unions, but opposition councillors referred the final decision to a meeting of the full council on June 30.

More than 50 members of staff gathered outside Aberdeen Town House yesterday to protest against the plans.

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