UNISON Scotland 2011 PAY CLAIM
UNISON will meet with Joint Trade Unions to discuss a pay claim
to tackle low pay
Following a consultation with all Scottish local government
branches, the meeting of branches on 4th Feb 2011 (Scottish Local
Government Conference) agreed to discuss with GMB and Unite, a
proposal to submit a 2011-12 pay claim which will tackle low pay.
The proposed claim, for a single year, would focus on a flat
rate to benefit lower paid workers and would press for employers
to introduce a Living Wage.
Kate Ramsden, Branch delegate to the Conference said, "Although
CoSLA has imposed a pay freeze for 2011-2013, the meeting took
the view that we should continue to press the employers to address
the issue of low pay in the public sector, especially at a time
when a pay freeze means a pay cut in real terms.
"As the costs of food and fuel rises and the VAT increase
begins to bite, we must do what we can to protect and improve
the circumstances of our low paid members, who are bearing the
brunt of a financial crisis not of their making," she added.
UNISON will now discuss this proposal with GMB and Unite and
will seek to agree a joint claim.
Your views are needed
The employers have imposed a pay freeze for the next two years
but the unions have not agreed to that. We now need your views
on lodging a new claim for 2011/2012. Stewards are consulting
members on a series of questions. Make sure your voice is heard.
here for UNISON Scotland Local Government Committee discussion
Tell your steward what you think or email
the branch with your views.