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Stop Bromley Penalising Sick Employees

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

GMB Call On Bromley Council To Drop Unfair Proposals To Penalise Sick Employees By Refusing Them Cost Of Living Pay Rises

Bromley can use existing procedures to deal with sickness, capability and conduct so it should not use move to local pay bargaining stop sick workers getting cost of living rises says GMB

GMB, the union for public sector workers, is calling on the London Borough of Bromley today to drop its extreme, dangerous and vindictive proposal to withhold cost of living pay rises from genuinely sick employees.

GMB has been in consultation with the council over the last 45 days to discuss a range of proposals regarding a move to local pay bargaining.

Part of the proposals would mean that any employee could have their pay rise withheld for unsatisfactory "performance". In the proposals the council judges that sickness, conduct and capability should be used to determine whether performance is satisfactory.

Nick Day, GMB full time officer, said: "Bromley council is using a move to local pay bargaining to attack workers with genuine sickness.

Bromley can use formal procedures it already has in agreements to deal with sickness, capability and conduct so it should not use this move to local pay bargaining stop sick workers getting cost of living rises.

The ACAS Code of Practice is quite clear on this and Bromley should adhere to this statutory code. Such issues should be dealt with promptly and without reasonable delay.

GMB believes that the concept of double jeopardy for previously sanctioned performance issues would be completely unfair and flies in the face of any normal concept of natural justice.

Under these new proposals Bromley employees could have their pay rise withheld without having the means to defend themselves.

I have written to the council today asking them to drop its proposals and instead use appraisals, its existing people management procedures plus counselling and mentoring to support its staff in improving performance."

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Contact: Nick Day 07717 510 047 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

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