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Pay Bargaining

Volume 264: debated on Tuesday 24 October 1995

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To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 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 HQ 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. [38281]

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster's responsibilities cover several Departments\agencies which are classed as separate bargaining units for the purpose of pay delegation:

Cabinet Office/Office of Public Service has 1,283 staff covering support, clerical, executive, specialist and open structure grades based in London, Norwich and Basingstoke. Meeting planned with the Association of First Division Civil Servants, the Institution of Professionals, Managers and Specialists, the National Union of Civil and Public Servants and the Civil and Public Services Association to discuss negotiating machinery.
Her Majesty's Stationery Office already has pay delegation for its clerical, executive and managerial staff which now number about 2,000 and for its printing, technical and maintenance staff which now number about 900. These staff are based in Norwich and in outlets nationwide. Single-table bargaining exists for white-collar staff with its trade union side comprising CPSA, NUCPS and IPMS and separately with the Graphical, Paper and Media Union, the General Municipal and Boilermakers Union, the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union and the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians for its blue-collar staff.
Central Office of Information has 480 staff covering support, clerical, executive, specialist and open structure grades based in London and a number of regions. About to discuss negotiating machinery with IPMS, NUCPS and CPSA.
Civil Service College has 274 staff covering a range of clerical, executive and Open Structure grades based at both Sunningdale and London. About to meet FDA, NUCPS, IPMS and CPSA to discuss negotiating machinery.
Chessington Computer Centre has 417 clerical, executive and Open Structure staff on one site. Negotiating machinery to be discussed with representatives of NUCPS and CPSA.
Recruitment and Assessment Services covers a mix of support, clerical and executive grades together with Open Structure staff and some psychologists based in Basingstoke and London. Discussing negotiating machinery with NUCPS and CPSA.
Occupational Health and Safety Agency covers 95 administrative, executive, specialist and Open Structure staff with HQ functions in Edinburgh and a number of offices in London and the regions. Principal discussions on negotiating machinery are currently with IPMS.