UNISON on Scottish Budget, Tax & Pay

 
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The Scottish government has secured a deal with the Greens to pass its budget proposals ahead of a Holyrood vote.

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay had been in negotiations with opposition leaders to find backing for his plans, which include changes to the tax system.

The deal with the Greens will see an additional £170m going to local councils.

And proposals to raise public sector pay will cover 75% of workers rather than 51%.

The agreement means all public sector employees earning up to £36,500 will now receive a minimum 3% pay increase – which Mr Mackay said would cover 80% of NHS staff and the majority of teachers.

UNISON comment on the Scottish Rate of Income Tax & the Budget

Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish Secretary said: “We acknowledge the more progressive tax proposal which should benefit public services, although we wait to see how this will feed through to public service workers whose real pay has been cut substantially over the past decade. Public sector pay rose by just 4.4% between 2010 and 2016 while the cost of living rose by 22%. And while we welcome any additional money for hard hit local government it falls far short of maintaining vital levels of services.

“We also note some alternative proposals for additional revenue raising powers, however, we note also that councils seem reluctant to use these powers, for example, increasing council tax when possible, rather than increase charges for certain services.”

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To let you know that the 2019 UNISON Dumfries and Galloway Branch AGM will take place on the 27th February in the Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries at 5pm.
We are seeking, nominations for Branch Officers and Stewards posts and Branch motions. The relevant forms are available from the Branch office or website. Motions should be received by the 4th of February 2019 and nominations for branch positions should be received by the 20th of February 2019.
Members requiring crèche facilities should contact the Branch Office no later than Monday, the 13th of February 2019. The crèche is only available to members who have made arrangements in advance. Any carers allowance must also be requested before the meeting.
A good attendance at the Annual General Meeting is essential to the running of the Branch. We would be grateful if you could make every effort to attend, please encourage your colleagues as well to ensure that the Branch is able elect its officers and have structures in place to support our members.
Full details of the agenda, motions, etc. will be placed on the branch website. Should you have any queries, please feel free to contact us.
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So what is the new pay off you may ask !!!

The full offer from the Councils to the unions-
COSLA is now proposing an offer which covers a three year period, from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. If agreed the award for 2018 will be backdated to the 1 April 2018 application date. They key elements of the offer are:
 2018/19 – an increase of 3.5 per cent for everyone earning up to £80,000 (for those earning above this a flat rate of £1600 will apply.)
 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 In each of these three years the Scottish Local Government Living Wage will rise by the percentage uplift referred to above.
 Full consolidation of the Living Wage, with Councils aiming to achieve this by March 2021. In exceptional circumstances, and where agreed with the Joint Trade Unions, an extension to this can be agreed, which will incorporate a firm commitment of a final implementation date for consolidation of 2022.
 Reaffirmation of COSLA’s policy statement on pay parity across the Local Government workforce.
 A commitment to re-open negotiations with the Joint Trade Unions in the event of another Local Government bargaining group’s total pay offer value being 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.
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So what is the new pay off you may ask !!! 

The full offer from the Councils to the unions-
COSLA is now proposing an offer which covers a three year period, from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. If agreed the award for 2018 will be backdated to the 1 April 2018 application date. They key elements of the offer are:
 2018/19 – an increase of 3.5 per cent for everyone earning up to £80,000 (for those earning above this a flat rate of £1600 will apply.)
 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent.
 In each of these three years the Scottish Local Government Living Wage will rise by the percentage uplift referred to above.
 Full consolidation of the Living Wage, with Councils aiming to achieve this by March 2021. In exceptional circumstances, and where agreed with the Joint Trade Unions, an extension to this can be agreed, which will incorporate a firm commitment of a final implementation date for consolidation of 2022.
 Reaffirmation of COSLA’s policy statement on pay parity across the Local Government workforce.
 A commitment to re-open negotiations with the Joint Trade Unions in the event of another Local Government bargaining group’s total pay offer value being 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.