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24/12/08 - NEW PAY OFFER TABLED - ACTION SUSPENDED Scottish Water Senior Management and Trade Union officials met again today in a last gasp effort to avert the planned industrial action by UNISON, Unite and GMB. Good progress was made and prior to the 4pm deadline an improved offer was thrashed out. The three Trade Unions agreed to suspend industrial action and will ballot their members on the new offer after the Xmas break.

Joint statement from Scottish Water and trade unions.

24/12/08 LAST MINUTE TALKS TO AVERT ACTION; Click here for the latest updates on the Scottish Water Branch website

23/12/08: Talks between trade unions and Scottish Water broke down yesterday with no resolution to the current dispute in sight. This means that the industrial action notified to Scottish Water last week looks likely to go ahead so that trade union members of UNISON, GMB and Unite will not provide standby cover, on call cover or work overtime during the period 24 December to 5 January.

22/12/08 - PAY TALKS COLLAPSE - ACTION OVER XMAS TO GO AHEAD Despite the Trade Unions offering a number of options to Scottish Water to potentially resolve the dispute, SW management insisted that they had no room for manouevre and that the 2008 award that was imposed in September could not be improved. No Standby, No Call Outs, No Casual or Contractual Overtime to be worked from 4pm on 24th December 2008 until 8am on 5th January 2009. See Scottish Water Banch site for more details.

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Dougie Black BBC Good Morning Scotland
Thursday 27 November 2008
08:40am Dougie Black, UNISON Scotland interviewed by Gary Robertson on the Scottish Water strike.


Latest on Scottish Water strike at UNISON blog
More than a thousand members of UNISON Scotland who work for Scottish Water began a 24 hour strike at noon on Thursday 27 November in pursuit of their claim for a fair pay increase. They were joined by members of the other Scottish Water unions Unite and GMB in the unprecedented strike. Members voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action after Scottish Water imposed a pay increase worth only 2.4%.

26 Nov: Scottish Water pay strike going ahead
More than a thousand members of UNISON Scotland who work for Scottish Water will begin a 24 hour strike on Thursday 27 November in pursuit of their claim for a fair pay increase

MSP Briefing Scottish Water Pay Dispute Nov 2008 (pdf)

12 Nov: Scottish Water workers vote to strike for fair pay
"It is now time for Scottish Water to recognise the contribution of the workers and reward our members with a fair and proper pay award." Steve Scott

20 Oct: Industrial action ballot starts in Scottish Water
"Scottish Water know that they have the money to pay a reasonable increase. They claim to be acting at the behest of the Scottish Government who want to restrict public sector increases to 2% in line with Westminster. They have an opportunity while the ballot takes place to convince the government to untie their hands." Dougie Black

26 Sep: Industrial action campaign starts in Scottish Water
"Scottish Water is acting recklessly. This unilateral action is ill thought out and unnecessary, and it means UNISON and the other trade unions have no option but to terminate the agreement that the employer has ignored, and to campaign for action to press them to improve the offer." Dave Wilkinson


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