Constructive Engagement is Key
Cllr Janio raised concerns about engagement with the staff, asking why, given the overall objective of these changes is sound, employees have not been kept fully informed and reassured regarding their future. The Conservative Group takes the relationship with unions very seriously, and we believe that constructive engagement is key to the future success of the Trust. A Conservative Notice of Motion, being brought to the next meeting of Full Council, calls for external oversight of a ‘reset’ in the Council’s union interaction.
‘Reset’ In The Council’s Union Interaction
This ‘reset’ was recommended by the LGA Peer Review published last year. The recommendations in Agenda Item 86 were passed, meaning that the management of the service will be moved in to a single cultural trust, in one stage rather than two, with a transfer date of 1st July 2018. Cllr Janio welcomes the extra time and hopes this will lead to greater opportunities for an outcome that will be for the benefit of the staff and the city.