A fresh pay offer has been put to Scotland’s Trade Unions representing the local authority workforce.
UNISON has confirmed that strike dates in waste and recycling, schools and early years, that have already been notified to the local authorities will continue as planned during the period of consultation.
Orkney looks set to face disruption to many of its council run services this autumn and winter. Council workers, members of trade unions have rejected the 2% pay offer from their employers.
“It locks in social care as a commodity in a market rather than a public service for citizens. In doing so it confirms profit from care as a founding principle of the National Care Service” Unison
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.
“62% of OIC non-teaching staff work part time, 82% of these part time workers are women.”
Sally George spoke of the devastating damage being done to working lives and that every week Unison is dealing with cases where workplace bullying is a factor.
To celebrate both Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day Unison’s Sally George led a talk on Equal Pay for Women and The Gender Pay Gap.
The 500 members of UNISON in Orkney are being balloted to see if they would take part in industrial action .
The report found that Orkney Islands Council invested £8.2 million in fossil fuel stocks