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ECU Update

Essential Car User (ECU) - Call for Action

UNISON is calling on all members who formerly received Essential Car User (ECU) allowance to stop using their car for Council business from the 1st of November.
This follows Blackpool Council deciding to terminate all Essential Car User (ECU) payments from November, after which everyone will then be classed as ‘casual’ car users.

Members, in exercising their right to not use their own car, should simply state to their manager that they will not be using their car for work business. UNISON will not tolerate any attempts by managers to encourage, cajole or threaten staff into using their vehicles for work if they have clearly stated that they will not use it.


Important Expenses Advice after ECU Removal

We have produced a model letter for individual UNISON members to use when dealing with managers in relation to the withdrawal of personal vehicles for Council business.  This can be downloaded as a word document here, or in .pdf format here.

We are urging you NOT to use your own money to pay for alternative transport. You are under no contractual obligation to do so. If Council departments have not made arrangements for how they will deal with the refusal of staff to use their vehicles, then that is their responsibility.

This action will only work if members refuse to use their cars en masse and also refuse to use their own money to pay for transport. It is the only way the Council will be forced to see that their policy to take approximately £1,000 off you per year is a mistake.



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