§ Mr. Buchanan-Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what arrangements there were for harmonising rates of pay of professional staff employed by the former local authorities on the formation of the new local authorities; and whether any anomalies in rates of pay still exist between staff of the same grade employed by the same authority;
(2) what arrangements there were for harmonising rates of pay of industrial staff employed by the former local authorities on the formation of new local authorities;
(3) in how many local authorities, since the reorganisation of local government, 779W there exist different rates of pay for industrial staff employed by authorities on the same work; how many staff are affected; what action is being taken to harmonise these differences; when such harmonisation will be completed; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. McElhone
Under the provisions of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 and the Local Authorities (Staff Transfer and Protection) (Scotland) Order 1975, every local authority employee transferred at the reorganisation of local government to one of the new authorities was entitled to continue to enjoy terms and conditions of service not less favourable than those which he enjoyed immediately before the reorganisation, until such time as he was served by the new employing authority with a notice setting out new terms and conditions of service. Any change in terms and conditions of service, whether to remove anomalies between groups of employees or for any other reason, was thus a matter for determination by the new employing authority. Action to harmonise the differences, subject to the Government's pay guidelines,
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