Date: Weds 25 November 2009
Local Government workers submit pay claim for next year
Unions representing 150,000 Scottish local council workers,
today, submitted their claim for an annual pay rise at the annual
meeting of the negotiating body, The Scottish Joint Council in
Edinburgh. This claim is for the period starting in April 2010
when the current agreement ceases.
The claim is for a one-year rise of 3% or £600 (whichever is
the greater) with a significant underpinning for the low paid
- including a claim for all workers to be paid a living wage of
at least £7.00 per hour.
UNISON Regional Officer and lead negotiator, Dougie Black ,
said "This claim is simply an attempt by our members, who include
the lowest paid of Scotland's council workers, to maintain their
standard of living in the teeth of what is predicted to be increasing
inflationary pressures. The RPI is forecast to steadily rise to
2.6% in the 1st quarter of 2010 before reaching 3.1% in the second
quarter of 2010, and we have already experienced the fact that
increases in inflation - especially in basic necessities like
food and fuel - impact particularly hard on low-paid members.
Our members in Scotland's local councils have already delivered
around £200 m worth of efficiency savings with a loss of around
7,000 jobs. It is only fair that councils should share these efficiency
savings with staff as well as with council tax payers."
UNISON the largest union in Scottish local services says that
it is particularly important to treat low-paid staff fairly.
Stephanie Herd - Chair of UNISON's Local Government Group said
"Local councils have already agreed to pay their chief officials
2.5% over this period, and teaching staff 2.4%. It would be invidious
if our political leaders now try to make the lowest paid staff
pay for the economic crisis. Bankers and fat cats in the city
get help - it is time for hard-pressed public service workers
to get that help."
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