We opposed the introduction of performance related pay on both practical and principled grounds. We did negotiate improvements to Camden’s “pay modernisation” proposals, but did not agree with their implementation. As a result Camden introduced them on a voluntary basis, paying a £1000 bribe for workers to sign up and introducing them to new starters.
Since then we have continued to campaign against PRP, as our predictions about the system have unfortunately been proved correct: namely that it would be arbitrary, unfair, discriminatory and would reward senior managers over frontline staff and the low paid.
Here are the key bits of information so far:
- 2012: Our predictions about PRP
- April 2013: Indicative ballot for industrial action gains concessions: namely the restoring of the link with NJC pay, regardless of performance
- June 2013: Camden UNISON secures PRP pay rises for workers acting up in higher graded roles
- January 2014: Our extensive survey shows PRP is deeply unpopular, demotivating and could be discriminatory
- May 2014: We view the official Council PRP appraisal figures and produce a detailed report showing it is institutionally racist and benefits senior managers at the cost of the low paid
- February 2015: Evidence of ongoing discrimination as the Council refuses to share appraisal figures
- August 2015: consultation begins on a new scheme
- December 2015: Camden drops the existing PRP scheme
- Our full coverage of the campaign against PRP is here: https://camdenunison.org.uk/tag/prp