(2012) The Branch’s Pay and Grading Team has succeeded in winning improved pay grades in more than 70 per cent of the cases they have taken on behalf of members.The team has taken on over 120 cases in the last 18 months and the vast majority have had a successful outcome.
Departments where members (appellants) have been helped by the team include Early Years Practitioners, Bereavement Officers, Cemetery Supervisors, Environmental Protection Officers, Environmental Health and Youth Offending Officers.
Jane Knight, Gareth Burden, Angela Hall and Nigel Hann have been working tirelessly to prepare for, and represent members in the hearings.
Jane said: “We guide members through the Allocation Tool Kit and help to prepare the necessary statement of case to demonstrate a greater “knowledge” score and “Job Working Conditions” score.
Jane said: “We have achieved a high success rate and the people who have benefited from it have told us they are very grateful for the help and support UNISON has provided.
“We always work hard to achieve fairness for our members and make sure they are receiving the pay they are entitled to.”
Jane said the team was now moving forward to taking on Stage 2 appeals for support staff in schools this year.
Mick Kerrigan a Bereavement Services Officer said “I would personally like to thank the pay and grading team for their help in our recent successful appeal. It’s fair to say that without their help we could not have achieved such a positive outcome and increase in our pay”