Date: Thurs 20 September 2012
UNISON: No guarantee of pay rise for tens of thousands of
UNISON responded to the Scottish Government’s announcement
on public sector pay in the budget today. Mike Kirby, Scottish
Secretary, said: “Finance Secretary John Swinney today offered
what he described as a ‘modest’ 1% pay increase for Scottish
Government staff, some NHS staff and employees of quangos.
“Unless local government is funded to pay even this limited
increase, there is no guarantee that the largest group of public
sector workers, in local government, will receive an increase.
That has been the case for the last couple of years.
“Even for those who will receive it, families face inflation
and rising living costs meaning their income is, in effect,
“At a time when Scottish councils are facing huge financial
pressures, with severe cuts to services and jobs, a council
tax freeze is bad news for everyone who relies on essential
“This budget is supposedly aimed at stimulating the economy.
But increased pay, particularly for low paid workers, helps
the economy, especially at local level. “Hard pressed local
government workers deserve more from the Scottish Government.”
For more information contact:
· Dave Watson, UNISON’s Scottish Organiser, on 07958 122 409
· Fiona Montgomery, Communications Officer, on 07508 877 000
· Malcolm Burns, Communications Officer, on 07876 566 978