Progress Report - June 2003 - from branch meeting notes
Increases - What happened?
staffing allowance was increased by 3.7%, based on the December 02
Average Earnings Index.
was no additional allowance for the 1% increase in employers’
National Insurance, so if your MP uses the staffing allowance to the
full, the maximum increase that can be passed to staff is 2.7%. This
was the figure recommended by the Director of Operations of the
Finance Office, Archie Cameron, in his letter to MPs of
8th May (Ref: FO 03/2003).
the formula is changed, staff will never be able to be paid the full
Average Earnings increase as there will always be an increase in
employers’ National Insurance to pay from the allowance.
we gained at all from new system?
little. Before July 2001 and the ring-fencing of the staffing
allowance, annual increases were based on the Retail Price Index for
March (indeed, this is still the formula for the Incidental Expenses
Provision). This would have given us an increase of 3.1%, of which
just 2.1% could be passed on.
is your union doing about it?
soon as the announcement was made we approached Archie Cameron to
obtain exact details on how the increases were calculated and were
told there were no plans to change this formula. We have now requested
a meeting with Anne Campbell, Chair of the Speaker’s Panel, the body
that advises on the formula for staffing allowances.
will raise the need for staff to be able to receive the full Average
Earnings increase, and wider issues of the inadequacies of the
allowance including lack of incremental points and automatic
increases, based on the recent staff survey we carried out. We will
also argue that the Average Earnings Index used should be for the
public sector (4.6% in December 02) rather than the whole economy
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the W4MP website. The T&G page is under
following statement about the new pay scales (effective 1 April 2002)
was issued by the Parliamentary Branch of the TGWU on 12 April 2002.
TGWU believes that pay rises in line with the earnings-related
increase in the Parliamentary Allowance Allocation for Staffing
should be automatic. In addition the TGWU branch will be arguing for
a point scale within the banding in the recommended pay scales,
without which they are pretty meaningless apart from providing a
pay review between the MP and member of staff should happen
annually as outlined in the staff contract issued by the Fees
Office, and this should look at issues such as an incremental rise
to cover long-service, loyalty, accrued experience etc. If the
MP does not carry this out, he or she is in breach of contract. TGWU
is aware of a number of MPs who are acting illegally in not
providing contracts for staff within two motnhs of employment, and
will be taking action on this. Branch Secretary Kevin
Flack will be arguing for a 'naming and shaming' of MPs who break
the laws they have set themselves on this issue."
Staff who are concerned about this issue may contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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information about the latest ( 1 April 2003) pay scales.