Council’s latest budget cuts threaten jobs

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It’s not news that there have been severe cuts to the Council’s finances over the past five years and a further £21million has to be cut in the coming year.  UNISON has campaigned throughout this time for the Council to keep its no compulsory redundancy policy and to protect your pay and conditions, and till now this has been supported by your Councillors.  BUT, we are now reaching a point where the cuts are likely to seriously affect you and your job.

Many of the intended savings from this year have not yet been achieved – this includes the £3 million from staff costs (your term & conditions) which the Council has already decided.  At a recent Council meeting officials actually proposed the Council sack everyone and re-employ them on reduced terms & conditions.  And that was just to meet the cuts “agreed” for this year – the current suggestions include 3 days less holidays, reducing the working week to 35hrs (a pay cut of 2.7%) and changes to public holidays to reduce overtime….. and many MORE!

IF UNISON MEMBERS DON’T TAKE ACTION NOW, then these cuts are going to be imposed and we believe there will also be compulsory redundancies.  YOUR JOB IS NOW AT RISK.

UNISON is not suggesting industrial action for now, but that will have to be considered should these changes be imposed on our members.

Right now we are taking steps to try and ensure that the Council is fit for purpose and able to cope with the ongoing cuts in income.


In December we are going to hold at training event for prospective Councillors in next year’s elections, because we believe that the Councillors need to be properly informed and equipped for their role.  AND more importantly they need to understand why Council services are essential services that they need to fight to protect.

Ssshh, they’re keeping them really quiet … but, we need  YOU to attend the Public Consultation meetings which start this Monday the 26th September arranged by our Councillors about “stopping activities”, “what services we should we protect” (and which services should go), “where we can cut expenditure”, etc.

List of dates, times and venues from the Council’s Budget Consultation leaflet


We need YOU to get involved in our Trades Union Savings Options suggestions.  Earlier this year we suggested over £9 million worth of potential savings – suggestions ignored by the administration – the same folk who have already agreed to cut YOUR pay or YOUR job.  Every penny counts and frivolous or unnecessary payments outwith the Council must be stopped and necessary funding properly managed.

We need your support with ideas about how savings can be made, how income can be generated or how we can improve productivity.  Some of our input will be difficult for the politicians – it’s easier for them to make staff redundant or cut your pay than to upset the public – BUT WE ARE THE PUBLIC!
STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS so let us make sure our voice is heard both by our Councillors and the parliamentary politicians who are unfairly imposing these cuts on Local Government services.

UNISON’s members work hard to protect their communities and the public services they need!


We are also available to contact now on Skype – Skype name live:info:65266

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PRESS RELEASE: Public services short-changed by MacKay Today's budget falls short of the commitment to our public workers and services that we demanded at our rally today. After today's budget Derek MacKay can expect to see a sustained campaign from public workers to begin restoring livelihoods. The issue of public sector pay will not disappear. Whilst worker pressure has already achieved some incremental increase from the UK’s austerity approach, it is not acceptable that so many public service workers, including teachers, fire fighters and many nurses, should face further pay cuts. We recognise that the Finance Secretary has a difficult job in protecting Scotland’s budget against UK austerity. The smug self-satisfaction of the Scottish Tories belies the havoc that their government is wreaking on public services across the UK. However the SNP made several ambitious manifesto commitments and says it wants to do right by public workers. So now was the time to be bold. Scottish workers have made their demands clear, and dialogue between the STUC and Derek MacKay has emphasised the urgency of a real-terms pay rise for all public workers. Every public worker in Scotland deserves a pay-rise at inflation-level or above. This means that the Finance Secretary has to be clear he is funding every area of public sector provision to ensure this can be delivered. We will be looking particularly closely at the detail of the budget, but are disappointed in the real terms cuts in resource funding for local government. Whilst its good that the debate on tax has finally begun, the STUC is disappointed that the Scottish Government has not used their powers to make a significant commitment to public service investment and public worker pay. £20 a week additional tax for someone earning £2000 a week is simply too little when public services are at breaking point. To find more resources the Finance Secretary could have abandoned the Small Business Bonus scheme which drains the economy of £200 million a year with no evidence that it is the best way to invest in local economies. If it is to exist, it must focus on creating jobs that pay at least the Living Wage. Public workers will now be seriously doubting this government’s commitment to our services.

Today the Scottish Government set their budget which will dedicate what money the public sector has within Scotland . UNISON has made it clear that there should be no more cuts !!!

Unison has also made it clear that the public sector pay cap must go and that work must be done to compensate workers for their loss of wages over the last seven years !!!

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