Surrey County UNISON reps from across all the different services met on 16 May to consider the offer from the Council. It was agreed unanimously that the offer was not acceptable and that we would recommend a NO vote to members in our consultative ballot.

Due to the complicated nature of the offer, and the fact that it will impact differently on virtually every employee, it is very hard for us to explain how it will affect you personally. We are advising members to write/email their line manager and/or HR asking how the pay offer will affect them specifically.
The Final Offer and Supporting Information provided by the council, including comparison charts between proposed and current pay levels can be found under Pay & Reward on the S-Net.

The headlines in the Surrey County Council offer are:

  • There is no cost of living increase
  • Most staff not at the top of their grade will get just a 2% incremental rise
  • Staff in career pay model, i.e. social workers, move up one incremental point
  • The lowest wage will be raised to £8.75ph. This will have a knock-on effect on some of the lower grades, with some slight upward movement (up to grade 7)
  • The council is only committing to achieving a £9 per hour minimum by 2020 – UNISON is demanding a £10 per hour minimum rate
  • Anyone at the top of their grade from S8 upward will receive no increase
  • All the above increases are subject to achieving a ‘successful’ rating at their appraisal this year
  • Those who achieve ‘Exceeding Expectations’ at appraisal (after moderation) will receive a non-consolidated payment of 2% of their salary in a lump sum in July.

UNISON will be soon consulting with our Surrey County Council members and you will be sent a ballot to vote in a consultative ballot, UNISON is recommending a clear NO vote.

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