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Aberdeenshire Council withdraws plan to change staff terms

Aberdeenshire Council has withdrawn proposals to change the terms and conditions of thousands of staff, BBC Scotland has learned.

Last week members of the GMB union rejected a new offer from management in a ballot.

The changes to shift work and weekend allowances would have affected frontline staff, including care and day centre staff and refuse collectors.

The GMB Union said it was "great news" for its members.

Council chief executive Colin Mackenzie said: "The development of cost-effective and modern terms and conditions has been ongoing over the past year, involving negotiations and consultation with trade unions and affected staff.

"As a result, a significant number of concessions has already been made to the proposals to protect the salaries of our lower paid workers.

"Nonetheless, we have been unable to reach a local collective agreement and the decision has been taken to withdraw the proposals completely."

Mr Mackenzie added that the council remained committed to modernising its terms and conditions and would conduct a "more comprehensive review".

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