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.
“We have now informed councils that any additional expenditure to maximise the care available to our communities, aligned to work that is already underway, will be covered by the Scottish Government.”
Calls to re-open the local authority pay settlement are being made with the news that the Scottish Government have agreed to an enhanced pay deal for school teachers.
“We were clear that inclusive growth must be supported through investment in Local Government.” Councillor Steven Heddle
Unite has reiterated its calls for COSLA to consider a ‘trigger clause’ which would allow for the re-opening of the three year pay order if, as predicted, Brexit causes inflation to rise, and for low pay bands to be revisited at the end of the three year period.
“COSLA will need to dig a bit deeper if we are to avoid industrial action.”
World Leaders Scotland are to make a further £4million available for the expansion of Sanitary Products.
COSLA’s current offer is 3.5 %(2018), 3% (2019) and 3%(2020).
“even with the slight increase for 2018, it still represents a significant pay cut and does not restore us anywhere close to real terms pay levels from a decade ago.”
The 500 members of UNISON in Orkney are being balloted to see if they would take part in industrial action .