Industrial action is planned for the middle of May, which could result in a significant shock to oil processing and supplies.
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.”
” I wish to thank the Scottish Green Party for securing a £800 pay rise (per annum, pro rata) for most public sector workers in Scotland in the recently agreed Scottish Budget. “
“Social Care staff provide a critical and valuable service, never more apparent than during this emergency period.”
“62% of OIC non-teaching staff work part time, 82% of these part time workers are women.”
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.
The meeting at the St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall is on from 6pm and is open to all.
“COSLA will need to dig a bit deeper if we are to avoid industrial action.”