Thanks to those members who have written to Councillors about our paltry pay offer. The Councillors response is disappointing though. In fact they did not reply to their constituents at all. Instead they got the Director of Human Resources to reply. She told us that the Council would go along with the National Joint Council and added at the end of her letter, “Can I also remind you that the Council’s Constitution states ‘Officers will not seek any member’s support in any employment or other dispute or a Council appointment or promotion therefore issues regarding pay are dealt with at officer level.”
In other words Councillors will not speak directly with employees over employment matters. Astounding for a Labour Council.