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Pay Bargaining

Volume 264: debated on Friday 20 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will provide in respect of his plan for pay delegation submitted to the Treasury (a) a description of the staff in each bargaining unit covered by the plan, distinguishing staff in headquarters functions, agencies and agency candidates, and in other identifiable business units and (b) proposals for trade union recognition in each bargaining unit and the negotiating machinery to be put in place in each bargaining unit. [38273]

Three delegation plans were submitted to the Treasury: for the Central Transport Group—which included the Vehicle Certification Agency—for the Marine Safety Agency and for the Coastguard Agency. CTG and VCA will form a single bargaining unit; MSA and TCA will be separate bargaining units.

  • (a)The staff covered by the plans, which exclude those who will join the senior civil service on 1 April 1996, are as follows:
    • CTG: 2,130 and VCA 76,
    • MSA: 381,
    • TCA: 563.
  • The existing patterns of trade union recognition—the Civil and Public Service Association, the Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists, the National Union of Civil and Public Servants and the Association of First division Civil Servants—will continue for all three bargaining units except where the union has no members in that particular organisation. Negotiations on the bargaining machinery for each unit are currently taking place with the recognised unions.