National Trust Scotland implements pay deal

National Trust Scotland (NTS) has been unable to agree a pay deal with its 300 Prospect union members and has "decided that a two per cent investment in staff pay would be implemented effective from 1 March".

An NTS representative said: "The trust genuinely wanted to reach mutual agreement. But the Prospect pay claim amounted to over eight per cent in a single year, which is simply not affordable to the organisation."

The NTS has implemented a pay award to:

- Enhance all pay band and entry points by 1.3 per cent and increase the "target rate for the job" for those in the lowest pay band of 3.9 per cent in addition to the 1.3 per cent increase.

- Increase pay system grade rates by three per cent over a four-year period from 1 March 2014, subject to achievement of budgeted operating income year-on-year, excluding legacies.

- Achievement of the Scottish Living Wage in four annual instalments from 1 March 2014, subject to meeting strategic objectives.

The NTS representative added: "This deal provides most of what Prospect was asking for but over a time frame and conditions of affordability that are realistic given our financial situation.

"Having exhausted all efforts to reach agreement, we felt it best to implement a pay award in the March payroll so as to avoid detriment to our staff. We nevertheless remain open to further discussion with Prospect."

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