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Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1SH

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The Team


South West Provincial Council

The Provincial Council is the joint negotiating machinery for the South West. It comprises the employers’ side (South West Councils' Employers Panel) and the trade union side and provides a forum for discussion, debate and negotiation on human resource issues.  The Provincial Council meets twice yearly.

The functions of the Provincial Council are:

  • To exchange ideas with the view of increasing the understanding of the two Sides.
  • To promote good industrial relations practice and training, including the development of good personnel practice.
  • To undertake tasks as required by the National Joint Council.
  • To establish and give legitimacy to dispute and conciliation machinery.
  • To facilitate, should the need arise, the negotiation of collective agreements.
  • To issue advice, as appropriate, to Local Authorities and Unions.
  • To provide a forum for discussion on key strategic issues affecting Local Government industrial relations/training/personnel.

Chair and Vice-Chairs

In 2016/17 the Joint Chairs are Eryca Hosken from the Trade Union side and from the Employers' Side, Cllr Harvey Siggs is the Vice Chair.

South West Councils Employers' Side

Chair: Councillor Harvey Siggs
Vice Chair:   Councillor Mike Drew

Trade Union Side

Chair:  Eryca Hosken