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37.

Attendance by Reserve Members

To note the attendance at this meeting of any duly appointed Reserve Members.

 

Reserve Members may attend meetings:-

 

(i)                 to take the place of an ordinary Member for whom they are a reserve;

(ii)               where the ordinary Member will be absent for the whole of the meeting; and

(iii)             the meeting notes at the start of the meeting at the item ‘Reserves’ that the Reserve Member is or will be attending as a reserve;

(iv)              if a Reserve Member whose intention to attend has been noted arrives after the commencement of the meeting, then that Reserve Member can only act as a Member from the start of the next item of business on the agenda after his/her arrival.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note the attendance at this meeting of the following duly appointed Reserve Member:-

 

Ordinary Member

 

Reserve Member

 

Councillor Graham Henson

Councillor Varsha Parmar

 

38.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from:

 

(a)               all Members of the Forum;

(b)               all other Members present.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that there were no declarations of interests made by Members.

39.

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That the minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2020 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2020, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

40.

Matter Arising from the Minutes of the Meeting held on 29 January 2020

Minutes:

Minute 24 – Petition to Stop Any Act of Trade Union Discrimination by Association

 

A representative of Unison reported that the lead petitioner had not received a response following its submission at the last meeting of the Forum.

 

The Chair requested that this matter be followed up with the Corporate Director of Community.

41.

Petitions

To receive petitions (if any) submitted by members of the public/Councillors under the provisions of Executive Procedure Rule 47 (Part 4D of the Constitution).

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that no petitions were received.

42.

Deputations

To receive deputations (if any) under the provisions of Executive Procedure Rule 48 (Part 4D of the Constitution).

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that no deputations were received at the meeting.

43.

Public Questions

To receive any public questions received in accordance with paragraph 16 of the Executive Procedure Rules.

 

Questions will be asked in the order in which they were received.  There will be a time limit of 15 minutes for the asking and answering of public questions.

 

[The deadline for receipt of public questions if 3.00 pm, Friday 28 February 2020.  Questions should be sent to publicquestions@harrow.gov.uk

No person may submit more than one question].

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To note that no public questions were received.

RECOMMENDED AND RESOLVED ITEMS

44.

Joint UNISON and Management Submission Relating to Single Status Compliance, Hay Evaluation Scheme and Differing Treatment

Report of the Director of Human Resources.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Forum received a report of the Director of Human Resources, which set out issues recently discussed by UNISON and the Human Resources Department in relation to Single Status Compliance, Hay Evaluation Scheme and Differing Treatment.

 

Prior to the consideration of the report, a representative of Unison commented that the full submissions from Unison had been abridged in the report and he asked if Members had had sight of the full submissions.  In response, the HR Consultant stated that the format of the report had been agreed with a representative of Unison but that he would ensure that, in the future, the full submissions were circulated.  He would also ensure that the full submissions from Unison on Single Status Compliance, Hay Evaluation Scheme and Differing Treatment under consideration that evening were made available to Members after the meeting.

 

Another representative of Unison asked what action would be taken where officers had ignored the recommendations of the Forum.  The Chair stated that it was important that the recommendations from the Forum, once approved by the relevant Portfolio Holder, were actioned by officers and he asked the representative to provide him with information where this had not happened.

 

Following the receipt of these general comments, the Forum considered the report set out on the supplemental agenda to allow them to be availed of the ongoing discussions between Unison and officers regarding the issues raised in respect of the following:

 

Single Status Compliance

 

Both Unison and Management outlined their position, including the suggested outcome, details of which were set out in the report.  The Management outlined the process that would be put in train in order to resolve the payment of contractual overtime in the Community Directorate.

 

A representative of Unison explained that the purpose of the Single Status Agreement had been to bridge the pay gap between blue and white collar workers.  This national agreement aimed to avoid unfairness in pay and reward arrangements for employees and to ensure harmonisation of conditions in comparable posts.  However, the Council was not complying with the Agreement.  As a result, some white collar employees were benefitting from additional payments, such as overtime, whilst the role profiles of operational staff had not been evaluated since 2004.

 

The same Unison representative added that some Directors had been proactive and had addressed the issue but the situation in the Community Directorate needed resolving.  Some staff on MG Grades had also received contractual overtime which they were not entitled to.  The situation was having a detrimental impact on front line staff.

 

The HR Consultant stated that the issue needed addressing and a process had been agreed with Unison to expedite the cessation of the contractual overtime where it was not warranted.

 

Another representative of Unison outlined the issues within the organisation and lack of any action taken against managers for non-compliance.  He was of the view that there was a lack of corporate governance and accountability within the organisation.

 

Members noted that the intention was to resolve the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 44.