Consultative Ballot on Pay launched
27 May 2014: UNISON Scotland Local Government leaders have announced a consultative ballot of members in local government on pay.
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The ballot will run from 9 June - 7 July. It will be a postal ballot to members home addresses and UNISON's Local Government Committee is urging members to support a full industrial action ballot.
The Scottish Employers have rejected UNISON’s 2014 Pay Claim for £1 per hour and consolidation of the living wage. It is their view that pay has been settled until April 2015. This is because, after UNISON members accepted a 1% rise in 2013 in good faith, the employers imposed 1% for 2013 and 2014.
Branches are urged to hold meetings of members from now till the end of the ballot period. The purpose of the consultative ballot will be to...
- Consult members regarding the employer’s rejection of our pay claim with a view to campaigning for and winning a ballot for industrial action in support of an improved offer.
- Seek to build a campaign of engagement with members over the issue of pay with a view to developing a pay claim to be lodged in November this year for the period 1 April 2015. This to include promoting a number of pay related events throughout 2014.
Day of Protest
workers up and down the country will be taking part in activities
on Tuesday 4 February to highlight the continuing scandal
of low pay and paltry pay rises. We deserve a pay rise because
we deliver essential services and we are WORTH IT! Members
in South Lanarkshire Branch are pictured supporting the
campaign. They are WORTH IT! See
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Fair Pay for Local Government Workers
The pay of home carers, roadworkers, cleansing staff, social
workers, public health workers, education staff and all
the other workers who deliver
Scotland’s essential services is worth far less now
than it was in 2010 yet they keep services going against
Councils have imposed a 1% rise for 2014, meaning these
workers will be 16% worse off since 2010 while the top 1,000
people will be an amazing £190 billion richer.
UNISON says Scotland's local government workers deserve
better and we are launching a new claim for 2014 - because
they’re worth it!
Pay Update 26 October 2013 - CoSLA claim of UNISON dragging
feet is nonsense.
Members will have seen press reports about CoSLA imposing
a two year 1% pay offer (for example http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-24675274)
CoSLA's criticism of UNISON "dragging its feet"
is nonsense. The real fact is CoSLA changed deal from a
one year offer to two years after
the one year deal had been accepted by UNISON members in
See the update from 6 September below for an outline of
what actually happened. A
further update will be given by UNISON week beginning 28
Pay Update 6 September 2013
The Scottish Employers have a made a new offer on pay to
the trade unions. The offer is for a two year period 2013/14
and 2014/15 and is for 1% in each year. It also includes
a Scottish Local Government Living Wage at £7.50 per
hour from 1 April this year. This rate will be uplifted
by the 1% offer from 1 April 2014 to £7.58 per hour
with a further uprating if the Living Wage Foundation recommend
an amount greater than this hourly rate.
This offer was again made outwith the agreed SJC Bargaining
Framework for Local Government and despite the fact that
UNISON had written to the Scottish Employers accepting the
offer of 1% for the year 2013/14 following our unsuccessful
ballot for industrial action. It is unacceptable for the
employers to continue to act in such a way and show such
disdain for the agreed bargaining machinery. We will now
consider how best to respond to this.
This situation has also been exacerbated by Unite consulting
and formally accepting the terms of the offer prior to the
offer being made. Therefore not only are the employers acting
outwith the agreed machinery but so also is one of the SJC
constituent trade unions! The SJC Trade Union Side now requires
to resolve this as soon as possible.
UNISON’s position following Friday’s Scottish
Local Government Conference will be to write to the Scottish
Employers restating the fact that we have accepted the original
offer of 1% and the introduction of the Living Wage and
pressing for this to be paid to members immediately. It
is also our view that we should consult with branches on
the content and shape of a pay claim submission for next
year and build on our Fair Pay Campaign. Whilst the campaign
did not deliver a vote for industrial action it has raised
the issue of pay with our members and created the building
blocks to take our campaign forward and be stronger next
year. It is also our intention to write formally to Council
Leaders outlining our position.
14 August 2013
UNISON Scotland statement on local government pay ballot
Local government members in Scottish public services union UNISON have decided not to move forward to three days of industrial action over a proposed pay raise of 1% for the current year, which they rejected overwhelmingly earlier in the summer.
The pay ballot closed on 13 August and resulted in a very narrow rejection of moving towards a programme of industrial action in support of an improved offer. 49.78% voted in favour of industrial action and 50.22% voted against.
The union's local government committee met today to consider the result of the industrial action ballot..
A UNISON spokesperson said:
"Whilst the result of this ballot means that members have voted to reject industrial action over the current one year deal, there was a substantial vote for a strike. Our members in local government voted by 3:2 to reject the miserly 1% pay offer which is effectively a further pay cut.
"The industrial action ballot which closed yesterday provides no mandate for a strike and members have reluctantly accepted the 1% rise for the current year.
"Our local government members fear for the security of their jobs and the pressure on the vital services we provide to our communities.
"We have faced the loss of upwards of 35,000 jobs local government over vthe last three years."
"That's the climate in which our people have to operate under the current Tory austerity policies.
"In the last week we have heard that the bulk of cuts to public services are still coming down the line. This is something we already knew. UNISON will now move forward to real push on pay in the coming year. Our members do vital work and provide important services for our communities. They are worth more than a series of effective pay cuts."