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We must vote YES for action on pay
Ballot started on 17 July with ballot papers staring to go out to members home addresses.
So time is short to make sure members are fully informed and vote YES before the 14 August deadline.
Members have already rejected the offer in a Scotland-wide consultation. They rejected the offer and called for a ballot because:-
the employers "first and final" 2.5% offer is below inflation, below the increase in annual earnings and below other public sector staff increases
We now have to translate that into the YES vote that matters in the industrial action ballot.
"The offer is derisory and does not meet in any shape or form our claim of 5% or £500 and a minimum hourly rate of £5 ", said UNISON Local Government Chair Dougie Black.
Joe Di Paola, UNISON's Scottish Organiser for Local Government and Trade Union Side Secretary said,
"This miserly offer was emphatically rejected in the extensive consultations that we carried out amongst the UNISON membership across Scotland.
"It doesn't go any way towards dealing with low pay in local government and doesn't even match the offer made by English councils."
Jane Carolan, Chair of the Scottish trade union negotiators, said, "We want Scottish local government to be properly funded, and in particular those who provide the services should be properly paid.
"We deserve it and they can afford it".
Who's being balloted?
Everyone employed by the 32 councils in Scotland except - chief officers; craft workers; voluntary sector members.
The reason for this is - If a lead employer is being balloted on an industrial dispute only members employed by that employer who are party to the dispute can be balloted. (UNISON's Industrial Action Procedures).
If in any doubt, Branches should seek advice from Joe Di Paola, Scottish Organiser (Local Government).
The question which will be used on the ballot paper will be - "Are you prepared to take industrial action in the form of strike action? "
With the ballot paper there will be information from UNISON setting out why members are being balloted and why they should vote YES.
What form of action is proposed?
UNISON is recommending strike action. This would involve all out strike action on 1, 2 and 3 days in consecutive weeks followed by selective action.
Posters and leaflets have been prepared have gone out direct to Branch Secretaries from the printers. Please make sure that they are distributed to all workplaces and notice boards.
Further supplies are available from West Campbell Street or Belford Road.
What you should be doing
Stewards should be arranging workplace meetings to brief members - ask them to hold off filling in their ballots until they've heard the arguments.
Posters, leaflets and briefings have gone out to branches and as we went to press, speakers notes were also on the way.
Pay Ballot started Monday 17 July