“The first thing in the in-tray for the new council leaders is Unite’s warning that unless there is a change of attitude then we will ballot thousands of our members on industrial action.” Wendy Dunsmore, Unite industrial officer
Unite the union is to ballot targeted groups of local government workers in the coming weeks in the escalating dispute over pay.
” the offer is, unbelievably, weighted towards those on the highest pay and will further exacerbate the issue of endemic low pay which plagues this sector. “
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Those workers are the people who have been in the front line during the Covid-19 pandemic: cleaners, refuse collectors, social care workers and many more.
Local Government workers, members of the trade union, Unite have voted to reject the COSLA pay offer by an overwhelming majority of 83.3%.
In the letter to Nicola Sturgeon, Unite highlights that 55% of local government workers earn less than £25,000 per annum, and around 75% of local government workers earn less than the UK national average wage of £32,875.
“All these workers have stepped up and gone beyond the call of duty, many of them literally putting their lives on the line. It’s high time for COSLA and the next Scottish Government to do likewise or they shouldn’t be forgiven.”
“The local government settlement will help to fund those vital public services that are much valued and needed. “
Serious concerns have been raised by trade union leaders highlighting the inconsistencies over protection for those working in the front line during the Covid19 pandemic.