Read the Joint Trade Union response to the employer here: Joint_TU_Update050718
The Joint Trades unions of Coventry City Council, UNISON, UNITE and GMB are in Dispute with Coventry City Council regarding proposals to change the employee car parking scheme.
The proposals are to be considered by the City Council on 10 July 2018, in spite of the Dispute being lodged and our request to withdraw the item from the agenda in order to resolve the matter in accordance with the Disputes Procedure. The ill thought proposal will not save money as is suggested, and in fact will potentially cost more to the public purse. The proposals will affect many workers providing frontline services to the people of Coventry, using their own cars, maintained and fuelled at their own expense. We believe that if they had followed the existing procedure correctly the organisation would have made adequate savings in any event.
A spokesperson for the joint trade union side said,
“We see this as a direct attack on our members’ terms and conditions. Workers who have had effectively a 20% pay cut over the last 8 years due to austerity. If every worker who uses their car for work, stopped doing so, they would have to rely on either a very limited number of ‘pool’ cars which will cost £26 per day per car to the council budget or public transport which will slow their productivity down which will have an impact on services. These consequences defeat the object. This at a time of great strain on the organisation in trying to deliver services with less employees. It is all the more unfortunate that Councillors themselves will, we understand, keep their car park passes. What is more the cost savings that will actually be achieved are unclear. What has not been established is exactly who will receive a car park pass. This proposal potentially leaves the council and our members worse off”
The Trades unions will be demonstrating outside the Council House on 10th July at 12.30p.m. before the Meeting.
Contact: Dawn Ward – UNISON – 07535 526062
Mick Shortland – UNITE – 02476 834947
Andy Groves – GMB – 07908 213721
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