Monday, 29 September 2014

It's a YES for action on pay

#councilfairpay Scottish local government UNISON members have voted Yes for action on pay. The ballot which closed at lunchtime today has delivered a Yes vote for industrial action by 53.5% to 46.5%. UNISON Scotland's Local Government Committee will meet in Glasgow on Friday 3rd October to discuss the way forward and a full update with follow then.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Vote YES for fair pay now

#councilfairpay The Scottish local government pay ballot closes on 29 September. I you haven't voted yet, vote YES now for fair pay.

The ballot asks members whether they are prepared to take strike action to force the employers to respect the joint negotiating machinery and return to the negotiating table.

Colleagues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland voted YES earlier in the year and take their second day of strike action on 14 October. It's now time for Scotland to decide. Your vote counts. NHS members in England will also strike for fair pay on 13 October.

The Scottish Employers have imposed a pay award of 1% from 1 April 2014.
And they have refused to negotiate on UNISON's claim for this period which was:
  • An additional £1 per hour for all staff conditioned to the Scottish Joint Council scheme.
  • Consolidation of the Living Wage
  • Deletion of spinal column points below the level of the Living Wage
This action by the employers is unacceptable and shows a blatant disregard for the agreed bargaining structures and threatens the future of nationally agreed pay awards.

The UNISON Scotland Local Government Committee is asking that members vote YES to strike action for Fair Pay

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

New pay ballot leaflet

A new pay ballot leaflet is now online to download here. The ballot starts on 9 September. Use your vote to say YES to fair pay for local government workers.

• You are being asked to do more and more for less and less.
 • Your pay is worth far less now than it was in 2010, yet you keep services going against all the odds.
 • Your pay is the lowest across the whole public sector.
 • Many of you are finding it hard to make ends meet. You deserve better and we must make the employers see that too.

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