Plymouth City Council employees are being briefed about a package of measures aimed at reducing staffing costs while protecting jobs and front line services.
The proposals aim to help address major funding pressures faced by the council by reducing the cost of the workforce by £18 million over three years through reducing staffing numbers, reviewing employee contracts and modernising working practices. The council needs to save £30 million over the next three years.
Following negotiations about employee terms and conditions between the council and trade unions over the last two months, they have agreed a range of proposals to go to a ballot of trade union members.
The package includes a reduction of up to 500 positions over three years through natural turnover and a voluntary release scheme, although redundancies cannot be ruled out.
The proposed changes to terms and conditions don’t include any changes to basic pay, hours of work or sick pay for council staff. However, the proposals will mean some people will see a reduction on the additional pay they receive on top of their normal hourly rate or basic salary.
The proposals are now being communicated to staff through a series of face to face briefings.
Trade Unions are expected to ballot their membership on the proposals later this month.
(from a press release)