UNISON has won more time to put the union’s case against Edinburgh council’s proposed new sickness absence policy. At today’s Policy and Strategy Committee, UNISON set out the union’s concerns about the ‘draconian’ policy and its reasons for opposing it.
Lib Dem and SNP councillors agreed to ask that a sentence be added to the policy to allow managers to apply discretion. Labour councillors asked for a continuation to next month’s committee to allow for meeting with Administration and Chief Executive to take place.
The Lib Dem/SNP motion was carried so Labour asked that it be referred to Full Council in February and this was carried.
The issue will now go before the full Council on Thursday 2 February and in the meantime, UNISON Branch Secertary Agnes Petkevicius has asked for a meeting with the Administration to outline the union’s opposition.