Council invites union back around the table over staff ‘terms and conditions’

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Union bosses have been invited back around the negotiating table after Boston Borough Council changed its offer over new terms and conditions for staff.

The council changed the costcutting proposals after feedback from staff and a formal consultation started on Friday.

The proposals are part of the council’s bid to make more than £1.1 million of savings over the next four to five years, which it says will save services.

Council leader, Coun Peter Bedford, said: “We are delighted that UNISON has confirmed its willingness to get back around the table and discuss the changes. Unfortunately the GMB has confirmed its position on being committed to defending national terms and conditions.

“ Despite this we look forward to inviting both unions to have further discussions on the potential changes which are key to the future survival of the council. Our door remains open to both trade unions.”

Currently 110 employees are members of UNISON through the check off system – where wages are taken direct from the pay packet – and 29 employees are members of the GMB.

Others may choose to pay membership direct.

The council currently employs a total of 291 staff.