New working arrangements agreed for Hertfordshire County Council staff

COST-CUTTING changes to Hertfordshire County Council staff employment packages have been given the green light.

Councillors formally approved what the council called “a collective agreement” between the authority and public sector union UNISON.

The council says the agreement will save the council �10.7m a year from 2013/14.

David Lloyd, executive member for resources and performance, said: “Despite the tough economic conditions we are facing, we are determined to continue to provide the high quality services that our residents rely on.

“We have already put into place efficiency measures that will save the council �135m over the next four years, but we need to do more in order to safeguard frontline services.”

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Changes include the way the council pays staff for sick leave and will generate “substantial savings” for the county, according to Cllr Lloyd.

He added: “Our intention throughout has been to make any changes with the support of UNISON, so the final successful round of talks and resultant agreement is a really positive step.

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“Both the council and UNISON believe that this agreement provides a responsible balance between the need to find savings and protect jobs and frontline services.

“This has been a difficult time for staff and we have tried to involve them throughout the process. We really appreciated their input and some of the suggestions made by employees have been included in the final package.”

The new practices will come into force from April 1 2012 and will be contractually binding for around 24,000 employees, including those based in schools.

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