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.
A 15-year long dispute with Shetland Islands Council (SIC) over a Long Service Award payments has been resolved.
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.
“Unite believes that the £500 payment should be given to all workers in NHS, local authorities, private health and social care settings regardless of the hours they are employed and that it should be paid in full.” Pat Rafferty
“Social Care staff provide a critical and valuable service, never more apparent than during this emergency period.”
A new agreement has been reached covering offshore workers which will ensure they can benefit from the UK government coronavirus job retention scheme.
All proposed industrial action is now suspended until after the ballot result.
“Strike action is now on the table and a real prospect.”
The industrial action is now ended at Aberdeen Airport.