Date: Mon 6 October
UNISON announces a national programme of industrial
action in local government
UNISON Scotland local government members announced today (Monday
6 October) that they have voted to take industrial action in their
recent local government ballot.
Douglas Black UNISON regional officer for local government said
‘UNISON has consulted its members and the clear democratic
decision is to take further industrial action. We will be running
a programme of action which will affect every area of Scotland.
We do not take decisions like this lightly. Our members know how
many people rely on our services. But local government pay has
dropped 14% since 2007. We have seen 39,400 job losses. And UNISON
members feel they have to say enough is enough’
UNISON is the biggest trade union in Scotland and the biggest
in local government. UNISON balloted members in local government
between 9th to 29th September 2014. The UNISON ballot result was
53.5% for yes and 46.5% for no.
Douglas Black continued ‘This is a clear democratic decision,
and our action will start in October. Our demands are simple.
Fair pay for all workers and an end to low pay, and for employers
get back round the table to discuss the big issues facing local
government. There is real anger out there and so they need to
talk to us as soon as possible.’’
Scottish employers have imposed a pay award of 1% on our members
from 1 April 2014. This is below inflation and below Retail Price
Index. UNISON members pay has eroded by 14% since 2007, based
on Retail Price Index.
Notes for editors
UNISON is the biggest trade union in local government and is
the biggest trade union in Scotland. UNISON balloted just over
71,000 local government members across Scotland
2014 local government
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