Date: Tues 25 June 2013
Fair Pay Day of Action for local government workers
Unions today (Tuesday) launched a Fair Pay Day supporting Scottish
local government workers as they prepare to vote on strike action.
Trade unionists on the STUC Austerity Uncovered tour asked why
council workers are being offered a ‘measly’ 1% pay
rise when ‘fat cats’* on the Sunday Times Rich List
saw their wealth soar by £116 billion in the last three
UNISON branches across Scotland are holding workplace events
and lobbying councillors today as they campaign for a Yes vote
in the strike ballot, which opens next week.
And in Dundee the Austerity Uncovered anti-cuts ‘battle
bus’ continues its tour of local communities hit hard by
the UK Coalition Government attacks on jobs, pay and benefits
that are hitting the most vulnerable so hard.
Dougie Black, Regional Organiser, said: “Local government
workers are struggling to make ends meet after the value of their
pay has gone down nearly 13% in three years, while their daily
bills go up and up.
“What communities need is workers spending money locally.
We know that council workers do that, so giving them a Living
Wage, with annual increases, and a fair pay rise, will boost local
Dave Moxham, STUC Deputy General Secretary, will speak at the
Fair Pay day event in Dundee at lunchtime. He said: “Just
a few days into the Austerity Uncovered tour, STUC has confirmed
through what people tell us that, along with unemployment, low
pay is a major cause of suffering.
“Local government workers have tightened their belts following
serial real terms pay cuts and many can go no further with debts
mounting. Council tax freezes, which most benefit those in big
houses, are squeezing council budgets and causing cuts in services
and workers’ pay.”
*A ‘Fat Cat’ will be on hand at the Dundee event
to contrast his lifestyle with council workers struggling to make
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Notes to editors:
1. Dougie Black and Dave Moxham will be available for interview
at the Dundee event, which starts from 12 noon on Tues 25 June,
with a ‘Fat Cat’, local government workers, leafleting,
family fun/face painting etc. At Murraygate (outside Ladbrokes).
2. UNISON is Scotland’s largest trade union representing
160,000 members working in the public sector in Scotland, including
staff at all 32 local authorities.
3. The union’s local government membership includes cooks,
cleaners, classroom assistants, housing staff, library workers,
cleansing and environmental protection staff, technicians and
trading standards workers and early years workers and social work
3. Members whose conditions are linked to local government pay
and conditions are also being balloted. Details of UNISON’s
#YestoFairPay campaign are online at www.unison-scotland.org.uk/localgovt/pay2013/index.html
4. The ballot will run from 3 July to 13 August, with a proposal,
if members vote yes, of a minimum of three days of strike action
over a seven week period in the autumn. Two of these would be
national one day strikes and there would be a rolling programme
of one day strikes around the country. Selective action is also
5. Unite is also balloting members in local government.
6. Details of the STUC Austerity Uncovered tour are at www.thereisabetterway.org/austerity-uncovered/nationwide-tour
It culminates with a conference Scotland United Against the Bedroom
Tax in Edinburgh on Saturday 29 June.