Council to consult with staff

As part of a programme of budget savings and in order to modernise the way staffing is structured and managed, Aberdeenshire Council is in the process of reviewing its terms and conditions of employment.

This work is being carried out with a view to ensuring the council can continue to provide cost effective and competitive services in the future.

As part of this exercise, all employees except teachers, whose terms and conditions are covered under a separate scheme which has also been reviewed, will be asked to give their feedback on a set of proposals.

These proposals outline a series of suggested changes to existing terms and conditions, and full details of these will be outlined by managers and in consultation documents being made available to every employee.

If agreed, the new terms and conditions would be phased-in over the next four years.

If fully implemented, the proposed changes would save the council in excess of £5m per year, equivalent to over 230 full-time jobs.

Chief executive Colin Mackenzie explained: “The council recognises the importance of giving every employee the opportunity to have their say on the proposals, as this will help to collectively shape the way the framework is taken forward.

“I’m determined to ensure we continue to deliver all services as a council, but in order to do this we have to adapt to a changing environment and we must be able to demonstrate as a council that we can deliver quality of service and customer care at a cost comparable with our competitors.

“The proposals outline a modern framework which will reduce our costs, but the terms and conditions are still more attractive than those of many other organisations.”