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Join us on Workers' Memorial Day, 28 April 2014 (15/4/14)

Join us, the Lord Mayor and other Trades Union speakers on Monday 28th April at the Memorial Tree in front of the Town Hall Steps from 12.30 to commemorate Workers' Memorial Day 2014.

Workers Memorial Day 2014


Members Vote To Accept SCC Pay Strategy Proposals (01/04/14)

The consultative ballot of UNISON members in Sheffield City Council affected by the authorities pay strategy proposals, returned a vote of 68% in favour of accepting the proposals with 32% voting against.

Affected members of the council’s other recognised trade unions also voted in favour of accepting the council’s proposals. This being the case, a collective agreement will be signed and the council’s proposals will be implemented.

Branch Officers would like to thank all members who participated in the Consultation process.

SCC Revised Pay Strategy Proposal March 2014 - Impacts on Employees
Council Convenor Election results 2014 (12/03/14)

Ballot papers issued 4828
Ballot papers returned 480

Rodney Padley 287 (Elected)
Lisa Smith 252 (Elected)
Robert Gascoigne 249 (Elected)
Jane Knight 212 (Elected)
Gareth Burdon 194 (Elected)
Joanne Crooks
Jonathan Mordecai

167 each (Elected)

Angela Hall 142
Carol Ring 124
Alix Cordock 114
Kathryn Spurr 84
Darren Whittaker 81

Sheffield City Council: Proposals for revised pay arrangements (28/02/14)


These formal proposals set out below incorporate the changes made to the original proposals as a result of consultation with our recognised Trade Unions.
They are based on feedback and input from the joint trade unions over a period of consultation since September 2013.

This proposal has been subject to detailed costing and checking by Finance colleagues to ensure affordability.

Scope of the proposed changes
The proposed scope of the revised proposals excludes former Sheffield Homes employees, Public Health employees, and non-teaching Schools employees. A business case for this decision has been shared with the Trade Unions, the Council in principle wished to include all SCC employees in scope but has been unable to do so due to legal advice in relation to TUPE protection.

The workforce to whom this proposal applies is:

  • Local Government Services
  • Chief Officers
  • Craft

There are separate proposals in respect of Soulbury staff.


In addition to the principles previously shared with the trade unions (appendix 1) the following additional principles will apply to this proposal:

  • Incremental progression will be kept in the system for the period of this agreement
  • The Council wishes to proceed on the basis of a 4 year deal
  • The Council wishes to create a level of certainty in relation to pay and terms and conditions for staff
  • The proposal needs to be affordable, not just in the 4 year period but in the longer term
  • There will be no detriment to pay in year 1 for any employee as a result of this proposal.

The Council believes that although this proposal is limited to a period of 4 years it creates a level of stability for employees both in relation to pay and terms and conditions. The rationale we have applied in proposing a maximum of a 4 year deal is that there continues to be uncertainty in relation to local government finances, therefore it is prudent to make a proposal that we are confident we can afford and deliver.  The Council is committed to starting early discussions about year 5 when there is more clarity about the financial position of the Council.

New arrangements for Incremental progression

Employees who are on a pay grade normally progress automatically by one Spinal Column Point (SCP) within their pay grade each year. His/her salary would normally progress by one SCP until they reach the top of his/her grade.  The increase in salary associated with this is commonly referred to as an ‘incremental pay increase’.  The progression in SCP and associated salary increase normally takes effect in April each year.

It is proposed that there will be a freeze in incremental progression in 2014/15 for all employees in scope of this proposal. Employees who earn less than £21,000 (pro-rata) will receive a one off annual payment of £250 in 2014/15.( this payment will also be pro rata) This payment will be calculated in September for payment in December 2014. For absolute clarity, this payment will not be made to any employee whose basic pay is on spinal point 24 and above.

In 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 it is proposed to pay to all entitled employees half the value of an increment. No half increment will have a value of less than £250 ( pro rata). This process would entail determining new local (Sheffield City Council) interim pay points for the grades.

Annual leave proposal

To enable the Council to afford this proposal all employees who earn over £21,000 will take 3 days mandatory unpaid annual leave at the Christmas break between Christmas and New Year in these three years. This will be in addition to current leave entitlements and will not represent a break in service. It will be on a pro rata basis and will be applied to all employees on spinal point 24 and above.

Three days mandatory annual leave will also be taken at the Christmas break for all other employees this includes Sheffield Homes, Soulbury and Public Health. This will pro rata basis.

For these groups of staff and for employees who earn less than £21,000 this will be taken out of their usual annual leave entitlement and the Council will shut down all but essential services. These essential service exemptions will be agreed with Executive Directors at EMT.

The three days Christmas shutdown will not attract enhancements for employees who are expected to work as they are not statutory holidays.

All employees will be able to access the Councils salary sacrifice scheme for annual leave over and above these mandatory arrangements.   

The Council is reviewing the HMRC rules which govern salary sacrifice schemes particularly in relation to mandatory unpaid leave and is also taking advice on pension impacts of the unpaid leave elements of this proposal, these impacts are therefore subject to further clarification.   

Employees who have requested voluntary annual leave under the Council’s salary sacrifice scheme may amend the amount of voluntary leave they wish to take to take account of the requirement to take mandatory annual leave.

Deductions from pay would be made on a monthly basis for all employees.

Terms and Conditions
There are no proposals to make any changes to wider terms and conditions for Sheffield City Council employees, the Council however wishes to continue discussions on the cost and management of enhancements for atypical working patterns The Council is prepared on the successful outcome of this consultation to commit to no further local changes to terms and conditions for 4 years from the date of any collective agreement, other than those required by law or those that are agreed as part of National agreements. 
Living wage supplement

We propose to continue payment of the Living Wage pay supplement to basic pay for those employees on our lowest pay scales.  From 1 April 2014 we will increase our Living Wage level to £7.65 an hour, which is equivalent to a full time salary of £14,759 per year. 
National pay awards

This change to the employee’s terms and conditions will not affect any entitlement to any additional pay award which is determined each year by the relevant national negotiating body. National pay awards will still be applied so everyone within scope and eligible would receive this, unless protected by redcircling arrangements.

 Flexible working/flexi schemes
It is proposed that a separate work stream is formed with the recognised Trade Unions and service leaders to agree a common and consistently applied flexible working scheme.

Learning and Development
It is proposed that a joint work stream is established to progress the implementation of a skills and attainments framework and to explore the possibilities for accessing personal development through a salary sacrifice scheme.

Voluntary Schemes
We have offered a range of voluntary schemes for the past three years, which have made a significant impact not only on achieving budgetary savings but also in maintaining employee morale in very difficult and challenging circumstances.

It is proposed that the range of options available are increased to include:

  • Car parking salary sacrifice
  • Shared cost AVCs
  • Further promotion of child care vouchers under salary sacrifice
  • Work-related training costs
  • Green cars

This document represents the final formal proposal as agreed with the joint trade unions on February 20th
Julie Toner
Director of Human Resources
24 February 2014

Appendix 1

Pay policy

  • Recruit and retain people with the skills and expertise to deliver high quality services to the citizens of Sheffield.
  • Manage employee remuneration in a manner that is fair, transparent and reasonable
  • Take account of national and regional policy and regional trends in the context of local government
  • Have a framework for managing the range of pay across the Council’s workforce
  • Have simple uniform packages across all employment groups and to manage pay matters within national guideline and agreements


  • Protection for the low paid- Living Wage
  • National pay bargaining
  • Protecting  as many jobs as is reasonable for as long as possible
  • Implementing this approach across the board, Soulbury, JNC, LGS, ex Sheffield Homes, Public health etc.

Probation - Vote YES to protect your T&Cs and Pension (02/01/14)

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We are close to a deal to protect your terms and conditions, if you transfer to the new national probation service (NPS) or one of the community rehabilitation companies (CRCs) in April.

However, the Ministry of Justice has blocked two very important protections from the proposed staff transfer agreement. That is why UNISON will be balloting you for strike action early in the new year.


UNISON has been negotiating since the summer of 2013 to reach an agreement to protect you in the staff transfer. We do not ask you to take strike action lightly, but we need to persuade the Ministry of Justice that UNISON, and its probation members, are serious about protecting pay, conditions and pensions.

On 10 January you will be sent a UNISON ballot paper which will ask you whether you are prepared to take strike action to defend your terms and conditions and pension. UNISON is urging you to vote YES, to get the Ministry of Justice to do the decent thing and properly protect your terms and conditions and pension after you have transferred to the NPS or a CRC. A strong YES vote is vital to getting success in the negotiations.

If members vote to support strike action, we will call members out on strike from mid-February 2014. Your UNISON branch/representatives will be consulting you shortly on what you think would be the most effective form of strike action. Please make sure that you take part in the consultation. Your views are important.

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Protect School support staff: Sign the petition now (05/11/13)

Take action

Sign the petition to speak up for school
support staff in Sheffield


UNISON calls on our elected representatives and influential groups within the authority (including the CityWide Learning Board) to not only challenge the practice of downgrading support staff, but to actively encourage the retention of experienced staff and ensure those who start at lower levels are given the opportunity to access career progression.

Why is this important?

School support staff support our most vulnerable children including those with special educational needs, behaviour difficulties as well as supporting mainstream learning. As the Government continues to make huge reductions to Council budgets, the cuts are passed to schools and academies. Low paid staff are paying for the for the financial crisis through redundancy and downgrading.

Our children are paying with their education.

We do not accept that standards can be raised by downgrading staff. This will only serve to disaffect and de-motivate experienced staff and result in a lowering of standards.

Please show your support for the vital role this group of staff undertake to improve educational standards for every child in Sheffield.

Take action

Sign the petition to speak up for school
support staff in Sheffield


Steel City Rainbow (20/06/12)

Sheffield City RainbowThis short booklet has been prepared as a reflection and celebration with a specific emphasis on the LGBT people who live, study, work or are otherwise connected with Sheffield and the organisations based in this city who have made their contributions to breaking down the barriers – and how they broke!

You can find it here...




If you are thinking about joining UNISON read this!... (29/02/12)

Letter from a UNISON member...


I have 33 years unblemished service working in Sheffield Schools and have always been a member of UNISON. Sadly I have recently found myself under investigation which has led to disciplinary proceedings through a sheer misunderstanding.

Ever since my initial phone call to UNISON I have always felt supported and respected by all the staff there.

At times in the process I have felt confused, angry, degraded and saddened but Lisa Smith has always managed to keep me positive, motivated and strong so I have been able to keep going.

When I felt at my lowest, unable to speak to others Lisa was always there for me supporting and guiding me through complicated paperwork, meetings answering my questions and generally just being there for me at the end of the phone to reassure me and offer me kind words.

I can truly say I could not have got through this ordeal without UNISON’s help.

Thankfully the procedure is over for me now but I do, and always will feel for anyone going through similar circumstances, it really was horrid.

I would urge anyone who isn’t in a union to join UNISON and to those of you who wonder where your monthly subs go well I can only assume a small proportion of those go to the staff at UNISON who work tirelessly to support their members its worth every penny as you never know when you’ll need their services.

Thank you UNISON



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