Local Government Pay Claim 2018 submitted

 
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Trade unions representing local government workers across Scotland (UNISON, Unite and GMB) have submitted their pay claim to local government today.

The pay claim was submitted to COSLA (employers) by the Trade Union side of the Scottish Local Government Joint Council for the period 1 April 2018 to 31st March 2019 at a meeting of the Scottish Joint Council at 2pm today.

The trade unions are clear that this year’s pay settlement must protect workers from the sharp rise in inflation (the OBR is forecasting RPI inflation this year of 3.3.%),  start to reverse the many years of real terms cuts to wages through pay restoration, and protect the lowest paid.

Trade unions have asked for a £1,500 flat rate increase to all, or 6.5%, whichever is greater.  This is based on an above inflation increase plus an element of restoration.

The detailed points of the pay claim are:

Johanna Baxter, UNISON Scotland Head of Local Government bargaining, said:

“UNISON welcomes the Scottish Government’s stated intention to lift the public sector pay cap for public service workers.  Our members, working hard to deliver a good public service in local authorities across the country, should be covered by this commitment.  This claim is therefore both realistic and in line with the Government’s stated objective of lifting the pay cap for public sector workers.

“Our local government workers members have suffered a real terms loss in pay over the past ten years of some 15%.  It is only right therefore that this year’s pay settlement must protect workers from the sharp rise in inflation, start to reverse the many years of real terms cuts to wages through pay restoration, and protect the lowest paid.

“It is untenable for the Scottish Government to starve local authorities of funding when it has received a £188m cash increase in its budget from Westminster.

“Austerity has meant £1.4bn of efficiency savings in Scottish local government since 2012 and 30,000 people have lost their jobs in Scottish local government over the last 5 years.  The remaining staff are expected to do more for less.  This is understandably having an impact on staff morale and job security.

“The key to the future of local government lies with the dedicated staff who provide the services to our communities.  This must be recognised and staff properly rewarded through this pay round and in the future in redressing the balance of earnings against the cost of living.”

UNISON Contacts:  Johanna Baxter, UNISON Scotland Head of Local Government Bargaining: 07817 120 894

Notes

The letter to COSLA submitting the SJC Pay Claim is here

 

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Following the Unison members' vote by 91% to accept the pay offer we will advise the employer of our decision. Unfortunately we have to wait till the other 2 unions complete their consultation process. GMB are recommending acceptance of the offer (they delayed this consultation till now and won't complete it till near the end of February) and Unite have consulted and voted narrowly to reject the offer (they are now considering whether they should hold a 'statutory' ballot for strike action and whether they would be able to deliver effective action). Unison members by far out number the other 2 unions but we respect their right to complete their consultations. Unfortunately this will delay the timescale for paying out the pay rise. As soon as we have any more details we will let you know. ...

2 weeks ago

Unison Dumfries & Galloway

Pay offer acceptPress Release:

UNISON members overwhelmingly vote to accept pay offer for council workers

UNISON, the largest union in local government, have today informed COSLA that their members have overwhelmingly voted to accept the pay offer for local government workers.

The move follows a consultative ballot of UNISON Scotland local government members in which 91% voted in favour of the deal and in record numbers. UNISON’s ballot closed on Thursday 31 January.

Results of the ballot were announced at UNISON Scotland’s Local Government Committee today (Friday 1 February).

The pay offer would deliver 9.5% cost of living increase over three years: 3.5% for 2018-19, 3% for 2019-20 and 3% for 2020-21. In addition it provides a commitment to fully consolidating the living wage, putting more money in the pockets of lower paid council workers, something UNISON has been campaigning on for years.

It also provides a commitment to re-open negotiations in the event of another local government bargaining group’s total pay offer value is revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement. The award will be backdated to 1 April 2018.

UNISON Head of local government Scotland Johanna Baxter said: “This is a great outcome, delivered as a direct result of the campaigning activity and political lobbying efforts of UNISON members up and down the country. The cost of living increases meet current and projected levels of RPI and we have secured commitments to fully consolidate the living wage and maintain parity across the local government workforce. Our members have been waiting on a pay increase for over a year now so look forward to receiving their increase soon."

UNISON chair of local government committee in Scotland Mark Ferguson said: “UNISON has campaigned hard to get the best deal we can for local government workers. While the offer does not make up for the many years of austerity, the offer, and particularly the commitment to consolidate the Living Wage, provides important safeguards for our lowest paid members.

"We will work to ensure this is properly delivered and local government workers will now receive back dated money in their pay packets in coming months.”

Notes:
- The improved pay offer has come after months of campaigning and negotiations by the SJC trades unions.
- The offer would deliver cost of living increases of 3.5% for 2018-19, 3% for 2019-20 and 3% for 2020-21. In addition it provides a commitment to fully consolidating the Living Wage and provides for negotiations to be re-opened in the event that any other local government bargaining group’s total pay offer value is revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed with the SJC trade unions.
- Read COSLA offer letter here: Formal SJC Pay Offer 191218
- UNISON are the largest trade union in Scottish Local Government – representing 80,000 local government workers across the
country – and the largest trade union in the UK.
Local government workers have endured a decade of austerity with job cuts, and a decade real terms pay cuts.
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Pay offer accept

The online ballot closes Bert soon - if you haven't already voted please make your opinion count - vote!

You can vote on the revised pay offer here:-
unison.tfaforms.net/56 or you can phone 0800 0857 857.

Please note you will need your membership number or National Insurance number.
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The online ballot closes Bert soon  - if you havent already voted please make your opinion count - vote!

You can vote on the revised pay offer here:-
https://unison.tfaforms.net/56 or you can phone 0800 0857 857.

Please note you will need your membership number or National Insurance number.

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Reject a 3% rise. But accept a 3 5% rise😕.

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