Bromley Council ordered to pay £64k compensation after tribunal found it offered staff cash incentives to change contracts

Bromley Council ordered to pay £64k in compensation after tribunal found it offered staff cash incentives to change contracts

Bromley Council ordered to pay £64k in compensation after tribunal found it offered staff cash incentives to change contracts

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Bromley Council has been ordered to pay thousands in compensation to 18 staff members after an industrial tribunal found it had offered cash incentives to sign new contracts.

Unison announced today (July 30) the local authority has to pay more than £64,000 to 18 of its members who brought the case to court.

The local branch of the trade union took legal action after employees were given letters offering £200 if they signed new contracts of employment.

Unison says the authority asked the recipients to agree to a “localised pay award”, which would replace national and regional collective agreements.

General secretary Dave Prentis said: “The decision is a significant victory for our members at Bromley Council who were effectively coerced into signing away their employment rights.

“It should send a strong signal to other local authorities that they cannot simply withdraw from collective bargaining by going behind the union’s back and making these types of offers."

Unison also said some of those who refused to sign the new contract were “ultimately dismissed and re-engaged on new terms of employment.” Those in line to receive payouts will each get £3,600.

The organisation added in a statement: “Employers are prohibited from making offers to union members that have the purpose of changing their contracts so that their terms and conditions of employment are no longer determined by collective agreement.”

Linda Perks, UNISON Regional Secretary, said: "The decision is a significant victory for our members at Bromley Council who were effectively coerced into signing away their employment rights. 

"It should send a strong signal to other local authorities that they cannot simply withdraw from collective bargaining by going behind the union’s back and making these types of offers."

A council spokesman said: "We are currently considering the outcome of the tribunal and as such it would not be appropriate to comment at this stage."

More to come.

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5:36pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Brook says...

The council manager responsible for agreeing this attempted trickery should be sacked for gross incompetence. More waste of residents money.
The council manager responsible for agreeing this attempted trickery should be sacked for gross incompetence. More waste of residents money. Brook
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7:03pm Wed 30 Jul 14

HearTheFacts says...

Brook wrote:
The council manager responsible for agreeing this attempted trickery should be sacked for gross incompetence. More waste of residents money.
The true fact is that's the management behind this should money the amount. Not the council tax payers of Bromley. We often here these top management, are paid to take high wages for making decisions. Let them pay, its something to add to their C.V's.
[quote][p][bold]Brook[/bold] wrote: The council manager responsible for agreeing this attempted trickery should be sacked for gross incompetence. More waste of residents money.[/p][/quote]The true fact is that's the management behind this should money the amount. Not the council tax payers of Bromley. We often here these top management, are paid to take high wages for making decisions. Let them pay, its something to add to their C.V's. HearTheFacts
  • Score: 7

9:58am Mon 4 Aug 14

6of1 says...

How shameful of them! And these are the people who suppose to represent our interests, what chance do we have?
How shameful of them! And these are the people who suppose to represent our interests, what chance do we have? 6of1
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