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Harrow UNISON response to consultation regarding Senior Management arrangments

 

 

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Harrow UNISON LG Branch press statement:

Harrow Council Chief Executive consultation outcome

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Harrow UNISON Local Government Branch, the largest trade union in the borough, welcomes the result of the staff consultation regarding the Senior Management arrangements of Harrow Council with staff opting for a return of the Chief Executive post. 

 

UNISON believes the two thirds majority in favour of selecting the option to re-appoint the Chief Executive role, delivered the correct result and at a very significant time for the local authority when strong and dynamic corporate oversight and leadership is urgently required to meet the daunting challenges facing the London Borough of Harrow.  

As a trade union representing over 2,500 council workers across the organisation, many of our frontline members who work with the public and are community based could not access a computer to respond to the electronic consultation. UNISON believes the 384 responses received grossly distorts the sheer number of our members who supported the re-introduction of the Chief Executive position.   

The Labour Cabinet now have the chance to rectify the gross error of judgement the previous Leader of Harrow Council made in deleting the role earlier this year and in removing the former Chief Executive, Michael Lockwood.  During the previous Conservative led Administration UNISON have had to endure Interim employees on approx. £700 per day plus; this does not support Cllr Hall’s statement of saving money at senior levels especially when considering that the day rate equates to £167,000 per annum and unknown associated costs.  This is just one example of the salaries being afforded to Interims and Consultants which are now impacting on directly employed Council staff.  

Finally we welcome the respectful way in which this process has been conducted with staff and the commitment of the new Labour Administration to continue this dialogue with staff and the community on many of the very difficult issues as a result of the vicious Coalition government cuts.  This consultation is a far cry from the disingenuous approach from Cllr Hall in deleting, arbitrarily, the Chief Executive post.   

Harrow UNISON LG Branch

Wednesday 20th August 2014

 

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