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Further to the three successful and quorate aggregate Annual General Meetings I am as the returning officer writing to advise the outcome of the elections for officer positions.

The only position that required a vote was the position of Branch Secretary, following the counting of the voting papers I can advise that Grant Coltart has been duly elected as the Branch secretary for the next 12 months.

I have attached a list of the officer positions showing which posts have been filled – a warm welcome to those officers – and a note of the vacancies which hopefully the Branch can fill.

I would like to thank everyone who participated and single out a special thanks for Ivanna for getting papers out, to Sue for taking the minutes, Alasdair for dealing with the voting and registration and my colleague John Gallacher for his support and speech to the meetings.

I hope we can take the branch forward in a positive way and pull together to make UNISON Dumfries & Galloway branch the most effective trade union branch in the south-west of Scotland.

yours

Robert Rae
Regional Organiser
UNISON Scotland
14 West Campbell Street
Glasgow
G2 6 RX

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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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