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SINGLE STATUS Ė Important Development

At the latest Single Status Consultation Meeting on Tuesday 24th June the Trade Union Side again complained bitterly at the unacceptable delay in people receiving their full back-pay for 2007/8.The difficulty seems to be in the complexity of the calculations concerning the new rates for enhancements, miscellaneous allowances and premium payments.It seemed likely that there would be a significant further delay.However, at our suggestion Pam Parkes (Head of HR & OD) proposed that they should alter tack and base the back-pay for these on the pre-Single Status rates.The new rates will only apply from 1st April 2008, and this will mean that the staff concerned will receive what they are owed next month (July).

In order for this to happen, we need to be sure that members are happy to accept it.It is in effect an alteration to the Collective Agreement on Single Status that was the subject of a ballot last October of all members affected.Therefore we need to know if any members are opposed to this.Please let the Branch Office know by emailing branchoffice@croydonunison.co.uk.The Branch Administrator will be unable to answer your individual queries on this particular issue.PLEASE DONíT REPLY IF YOU HAVE NO OBJECTIONS.

In order for this payment to be made in July, we will have to confirm our acceptance as soon as possible.If you do have an objection please make sure we are made aware of this by Tuesday 1st July.

Non-Teaching Staff in Schools


The Branch Office has received a number of calls from our members in schools.People are concerned because they have been told that any up-grading will only be back-dated to 2004, because of Schools Remodelling being implemented at that time.We have raised this issue at the Single Status Consultation Meeting and had it confirmed that if your job didnít change at that time you are entitled to back-pay for a maximum of 6 years depending on how long you have worked in the job.However, you will need to apply to the Single Status Team for this.


If you are invited to attend a Signing Day to receive back-pay from 2004, you need to contact the Branch Office so that we can advise you on how to protect your right to claim if youíre entitled to further backdating.


Job Evaluation


Nearly everyone has now completed the Job Evaluation process, but some of these are still awaiting the result of their appeal.


Where people were downgraded, they didnít receive the 2007 Pay Award, as they were on ďmark-timeĒ protection for one year until 31st March 2008.Those who are still awaiting an appeal against downgrading, or who havenít yet been evaluated, have also not received the Pay Award, although they will do so if the eventual outcome of their evaluation is not a downgrading.


Ongoing Consultation


We have continued to meet with the Single Status Project Team every Tuesday morning. The meeting due to be held on Tuesday this week (10th June) was cancelled at very short notice. We asked for the meeting to be rearranged on another day this week as there are a number of outstanding individual issues to be resolved.However this was not possible and these issues will now have to be addressed at another meeting as soon as possible.

The frequency of our regular meetings has now been reduced as we approach what should be the final stages of the process.

The three trade unions are still pursuing a Grievance regarding the delay in full payment of the 2007 Pay Award and back pay for 2007/8 to a number of people.


Back Pay


After several postponements, dates have now been set for Signing Days, where staff will receive their cheques for compensatory back-pay.For school staff these will be on 5th and 12th July, and for non-school staff on 23rd and 24th July. Not surprisingly members still waiting to get their money are annoyed and frustrated at the delays.


Letters will be sent out from HR to all those who have been upgraded but have not yet received their back pay.They will be asked to contact HR and book a time to attend to receive their back pay.They will have to sign a COT3 agreement, whereby they give up their right to make further Equal Pay claims.Trade Union Reps and ACAS will be in attendance at the Signing Days to deal with any queries.


If you are leaving, or changing jobs within the Council, you should ensure that you let us know - This is so we can advise you on what steps you need to take to safeguard any back pay you may be owed following the implementation of Single Status


The vast majority of jobs have now been evaluated but there are still some to be completed.If you have had your job evaluated and you are not happy with the outcome you should appeal.


How do you appeal?


Step 1


On receipt of your letter from HR you have 28 days to appeal.Your letter should contain your scores however if not you will need to ask for a copy.You should request this from the Single Status Team on:


Helpdesk: 0208 667 8388

Email: single.status@croydon.gov.uk

Address to write to: Single Status, 8th Floor, Taberner House, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 3JS


Step 2


You need an appeal form which is on the intranet (hidden deeply within the Single status information) or from our website here.You will also need a copy of the conventions, also obtainable from the intranet or from our website.


Step 3


You will need to identify the areas you wish to challenge (i.e. the area in which you feel you should have scored higher) and write down why you feel you should have scored more.


Step 4


You should complete the Appeal Form (please bear in mind that your line manager is required to sign this) and a covering letter and submit it to the Single Status Team.You may wish to deliver this in person to the address above.If you require assistance to complete the form you should contact your local Steward (details can be found on our Branch Directory).If you donít have a local Steward then you should contact your Departmental Convenor (details below).


Once your letter has been submitted an Appeals Panel will be convened to consider your submission.Contrary to our initial expectations you wonít be automatically invited to this meeting although you may be requested to attend if the panel require clarification.You will then be informed of the decision.


Contacts Ė Departmental Convenors


If you require any further information please call your departmental lead:


Anna Raghunanan


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Iteen Stephens

Finance & Resources

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Eleanor Tracey

Social Services

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James Young


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Malcolm Campbell

Policy & Corporate Services

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Laurie Pocock

Planning & Transportation

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Mervyn DíCruze

CYPL (Education)

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Or the Branch Office on 8760 5435 or 65435 at Taberner House.



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