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Business Support moves to final stage concerns remain

This project, which seeks to create one all encompassing administrative hub for the entire Authority, claims to make savings in excess of an ever changing and debatable sum of between £4-5 million and plans to scrap approximately 30 full time equivalent posts.

To date, UNISON has highlighted many concerns which have focused broadly on the projects undisclosed costs and false economies whilst remaining firmly opposed to its progression throughout.

 We are also gravely concerned that the project has the potential to bring about negative equality side effects as nearly 90% of the affected workforce is female, work within and across lower pay grades and are employed on varying employment terms such as term time only contracts.

Meanwhile, the Council has stalled the development of the Mobile & Flexible Working project, effectively shelving the scheme until further notice. The Council remains tight lipped in its reasoning behind this decision but UNISON believe this could be due to a severe under estimate of the work required to roll out this project covering what is a huge proportion of the workforce.

 We also feel that wider economic forces in relation to the slump in the property market have hindered proceedings as the Council believe that, through the increased uptake of Mobile & Flexible working, its assets in the form of buildings and land can be sold off.

 Harrow UNISON are not opposed to increasing flexible working options but we are strongly against our members effectively subsidising the employer as a result of the poor and inadequate Home Working Allowance which attempts to ease the high costs when working at home. We advocate and are requesting a fairer more equitable Allowance which takes into account the ever increasing costs of living and working in Britain today. 

 Further updates will be posted soon but if you require more information about Business Support or Mobile & Flexible working then please contact your local rep in the first instance or alternatively contact the branch office.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2011 11:41

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