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Published 10 September 2020

Employees of West Dunbartonshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust (WDLT) could benefit from a new employment agreement which gives them priority access to jobs across both organisations.

Employees of West Dunbartonshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Leisure Trust (WDLT) could benefit from a new employment agreement which gives them priority access to jobs across both organisations.

The new agreement has been passed by West Dunbartonshire’s Corporate Services committee and will now go forward to WDLT board for full approval.

If agreed it means vacancies will be offered internally to both employee groups before being advertised.

It has being proposed to help reduce the risk of redundancy to any displaced employees, and ensuring  a fair and consistent approach to WDLT staff securing alternative employment at the Council and vice versa.

The agreement, which has been fully supported by  trade unions, would complement  the current SWITCH (redeployment) policy which is already operating in both WDLT and the Council separately to assist employees to move jobs internally to stay in work.  The approach would also support employees to remain in stable employment while retraining to move to an alternative post in a range of circumstances including if ill health renders them unable to undertake their current position.

Under the proposed policy, any vacancies arising would be  offered to displaced employees of the host organisation  before being offered to employees within the partner organisation. If the roles cannot be filled in this way, then they will be advertised.

Councillor Ian Dickson, Convener of Corporate Services, said: “This proposed policy will offer additional job security and widen  employees’ chances to secure employment  with a partner organisation. It is right that any vacancies within organisations are offered to their own workforce first before being opened up to other organisations.  We have many supports within the Council and WDLT and this additional policy has been proposed to help retain skills and provide further reassurance  for our dedicated workforce.”

Councillor Iain McLaren, Vice Convener of Corporate Services, said: “It is important for both organisations to do everything they can to maintain a strong and knowledgeable workforce. This proposed agreement means we will be able to  support our existing employees and retain their experience and expertise which will be of great benefit  to both organisations.“