I asked said union friend about this:
Support staff had a meeting with the person from the council responsible for our job evaluations this afternoon, and it was admitted that they didn't really know what our jobs entailed, so we're going to have new evaluations sent out. Our council did what they call a question trace with selected people from various schools in different support jobs. The "trace" means that all the following questions in a section depend on how you answered the first one. Sadly they wouldn't tell us the name of the individual who did this on "behalf" of the IT Technicians, as this post may then have been advertising a vacancy (or two). They (the council rep) all but admitted that those questioned for the most part worked in the primary sector (no offence intended), and the upshot is that almost everyone is going to have a new job evaluation done, and maybe I'll get a chance to do the question trace.
I'll give you a flavour of the questions, and the answers submitted,
"Is the jobholder required to develop any plans for actions, activities or events which are to happen some time in the future?"
"Is the jobholder ever subject to unavoidable interruptions which make it difficult to complete the job duties?"
The answer given to the first is NO, and the answer given to the second is NO, RARELY IF EVER.
And on this are our job evaluations built.
For those who haven't gone through this process yet, and I shouldn't think there are that many, we were divided into 3 categories, those who took up their posts after the evaluation began, those in "unique" posts, jobs that no one else does (apparently NM's come into this category), and the large middle ground, taking in everyone else. After today's meeting, the unique category has grown and the middle ground has shrunk considerably. It's all got to be sorted by next April, though.
When the unions gave their views on this the council told them that it was "too late for inclusion" in their considertions.
We were told that when the eventual final job evaluations and attached grades are handed out, not to expect the new grade/pay scale to match the old one. My (highly coloured) view is that if our salaries can be reduced now it will make us more attractive to "tupe" or port, into private companies.
If this is not coherent, don't blame me, as I'm only expected to use a keyboard infrequently.