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Pay Bargaining

Volume 264: debated on Tuesday 24 October 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment 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. [38282]

The pay bargaining units and the union recognition and bargaining arrangements proposed for 1996 are:

DoE (central)
Staff in headquarters, staff in the Government offices for the regions and rent assessment panels; current patterns of union recognition will remain and procedural agreements for future consultation and negotiation are under discussion.
Planning Inspectorate
Staff in the agency; union recognition will be on current lines and procedures for negotiations are in place.
Building Research Establishment
BRE already has responsibility for negotiating the pay of its industrial staff and will take this on for all staff in the agency; union recognition will be on current lines and procedures for negotiations are under discussion for non-industrial staff.
PSA Services
Staff in the centre will become part of the DoE (central) bargaining unit. Those on secondment to the successor businesses to PSA will have their pay determined by analogue to arrangements in DoE (central).
Property Holdings (to become Property Adviser to the Civil Estate)
Staff in the PACE agency; union recognition will be on current lines and procedures for negotiations are under discussion.
Security and Facilities Executive
SAFE already has responsibility for negotiating the pay of its industrial staff and will take this on for the other staff in the agency; union recognition will be on current lines and procedures for negotiations are under discussion.
The Buying Agency
Staff in the TBA agency; union recognition will be on current lines and procedures for negotiations are under discussion.
It is planned that the final three bodies listed will have become the responsibility of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster by 1 April 1996.
In addition, the Health and Safety Executive, the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre agency and the Ordnance Survey already have responsibility for their own pay arrangements and have agreed arrangements for negotiating with those unions recognised.