UNISON Scotland 2014/15 PAY CLAIM
Scottish Pay Campaign
Pay update 4 November 2014
Consultative Ballot on LG Pay Scotland - Members vote to accept
The Scottish Local Government pay ballot closed yesterday with members voting 70.8% to accept and 29.2% to reject the revised pay offer.
The Local Government Committee meets tomorrow 5 November, after which a further update will be circulated.
Commenting on the ballot result, Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair said, "Members have recognised that it has been a significant achievement on the part of our negotiators to get the employers back round the negotiating table, after years of imposed pay awards.
"The commitments around the living wage also represents a significant step forward, albeit in a longer time frame than we would have wished for our members.
"Clearly the 1% pay rise is paltry and leaves our members up to 16% worse off over the past five years. This has been especially hard for our low paid members many of whom are still dependent on benefits and some also on foodbanks, which is a disgrace in our wealthy society.
"We now need to build for a much better pay rise for us all next year, particularly for our low paid members. That makes sense for us but also makes sense for the economy as a whole. We are the people who pay our taxes and who shop in our local communities. Paying us properly has a big knock on effect for local shops and businesses as well as for deficit reduction, which is what this UK Government says it wants."
Pay update 14 October 2014
Suspension of Industrial Action 21 October 2014 - new consultative ballot
Following a meeting of UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee on Tuesday 14th October, the committee has taken the decision to suspend strike action planned for 21 October and consult our members on new proposals put forward by the Scottish Employers (CoSLA).The proposals concentrate on three areas of our dispute: the future participation in the agreed bargaining machinery; consolidation of the living wage; and the deletion of spinal column point below the level of the living wage.
The view of the Scottish Local Government Committee is that these proposals represent a significant change to the current award. In line with our agreed procedures UNISON is consulting members on the revised pay offer from the employers and a full consultative ballot will now take place.
Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair said, "The branch's view is that to get the employers back round the table represents a significant achievement on the part of our negotiators and we are delighted that our low paid members will benefit from the consolidation of the living wage.
"We recognise that for our members, 1% is still a pay cut of around 16% but at least we can now engage with the employers within the proper bargaining machinery next year and we will certainly be campaigning for a better pay rise for us all."
The ballot will open on Monday 20 October 2014 and close on Monday 3 November 2014.
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Pay Update 3rd October 2014
Action plans put to industrial action committee
Following the ballot vote for action, UNISON Scottish local government
leaders have sought authority from the union's industrial action
committee for a programme of industrial action over the coming
This will include a day of action followed by a programme of
geographical/selective action. Branch consultation will kick off
UNISON negotiator and Branch Secretary, Inez Teece said: "Members
are angry about the way they have been treated. Their pay being
eroded whilst theytake the brunt of the cuts. We urge employers
to come back to the negotiating table."
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Pay Update 29th September 2014
Members vote YES for action
The Local Government Pay Ballot, which closed at lunchtime today,
29 September 2014, has delivered a Yes vote for industrial action
on the basis of 53.5% to 46.5%.
UNISON Scotland's Local Government Committee will meet in Glasgow
on Friday 3rd October to discuss the way forward and a full update
with follow then.
Check the UNISON Scotland site for updates.
Pay Update 14 September
UNISON Scotland local government strike
ballot - Vote YES for Fair Pay
UNISON Scotland is balloting all its council members on strike
action for fair pay. Ballots were sent out from 9th September
and the Branch is encouraging all our members to vote and to vote
Inez Teece, Branch Secretary and member of the Scottish Local
Government negotiating team explains the background to the dispute.
"The Scottish Employers have imposed a pay award of 1%
on our members from 1 April 2014.
"Further they have refused to negotiate on UNISON's claim
for this period which was:
•An additional £1 per hour for all staff conditioned
by the Scottish Joint Council
•Consolidation of the Living Wage
•Deletion of spinal column points below the level of the
"This action by the employers is quite unacceptable and
shows a blatant disregard for the agreed bargaining structures
and threatens the future of nationally agreed pay awards.
"Given that the employers imposed 1%, it is unsurprising
that they also refuse to negotiate on a justifiable pay claim.
"Because of this UNISON Scotland are now conducting a formal
industrial action ballot which will be open from 9th September
2014 until 29th September 2014.
"The ballot asks members whether they are prepared to take
strike action to force the employers to respect the joint negotiating
machinery and return to the negotiating table and improve upon
The UNISON Scotland Local Government Committee is asking that
members vote YES to strike action for Fair Pay
Pay Update 15 August 2014
Branch gears up to win fair pay
The Branch is gearing up to win a YES vote in the forthcoming strike ballot for fair pay. Following a 65% yes vote in a consultative ballot, UNISON Scotland will ballot council members on industrial action. The ballot will be held from 9th to 29th September 2014.
The Branch has sent out Briefings to all members encouraging you to vote and explaining why UNISON is calling for a YES vote.
The Branch is also encouraging members to write to their councillors calling for fair pay and has sent out a model letter for you to use to write to your councillor.
The Branch has held two members’ meetings, the first in 53 Windmill Street, Peterhead on 21st August and the second on 25th August at Gordon House, Inverurie, both from 12-2pm. All members were encouraged to come along and hear why you need to vote in the ballot and why UNISON is calling for a YES vote.
Inez Teece, Branch Secretary said, “This year's imposition of a 1% pay increase was made without reference to the agreed bargaining machinery.
“This can’t go on. We need to get back to proper negotiations with the Scottish employers on pay.
“We have all seen the value of our wages drop in real terms. Everything else has increased in price while our wages have stagnated.
“We are continually told that the economy is recovering, yet for local government employees the prospects continue to be as bleak as ever.”
Inez added, “This is a national Scottish fight and we must ensure that we deliver a resounding YES so that all local government employees across Scotland receive a fair wage for a fair days work.”
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Pay Update 25 July 2014
Ballot for action to begin 9th September
Members in Scottish Local Government will be balloted on a programme of industrial action in support of an improved pay offer in September this year. The ballot will open on 9th September and close on 29th September.
Industrial action options are currently being considered but it is likely that it will start with a day of action by all members in the event of a successful ballot.
Inez Teece, Branch Secretary and Vice Chair of the Scottish local Government Committee said, "This is an important time for our members, cuts to services are a reality in all local authorities, jobs continue to be shed at an alarming rate, terms and conditions are under threat and those members that are left are required to do more for the same or less.
"On top of this the Scottish Employers have imposed a paltry pay increase. This has not been negotiated it has simply been imposed!
"Pay remains a priority for this union now is the time to give that message to our employers and tell them that we will not be treated like this. We are told that the economy is back at 2008 levels. If that is true how come our pay has not kept pace?" asked Inez.
A group has been established at Scotland level, to develop the campaign and provide the resources and support for branches to engage with members. The Branch will now take the campaign out to our members to build for a YES vote. Further details will be announced on the website in the coming days.
Pay Update July 2014
Members vote for action ballot
The Consultative Ballot on Pay closed on 7th July with members voting by 65% to 35% in favour of moving to a formal industrial action ballot in support of an improved offer.
UNISON's Scottish Local Government Committee has agreed to now progress with the preparatory work for an industrial action ballot and to have discussions through a meeting of all Branch Secretaries as to the campaign and strategy required to maximise participation and win the ballot.
The Branch Secretaries' meeting will take place before the end of July once a venue can be confirmed. Further information will be available shortly.
Pay Update June 2014
Pay Meetings - Find out why you should vote in pay ballot running until 7th July
Not had your ballot paper? Contact the UNISON Resource Centre on 01224 620624
The Branch will be holding two Pay Meetings where you can come along and find out more about the pay campaign and consultation.
- 26th June 2014 12.30-2pm Inverurie Town Hall, Market Place, Inverurie
- 27th June 2014 12.30-2pm Council Chambers, Arbuthnot House, Peterhead
Why is UNISON balloting?
The Scottish Employers have rejected UNISON’s 2014 Pay Claim for £1 per hour and consolidation on of the living wage. It is their view that pay has been settled until April 2015.
This is because, after UNISON members accepted a 1% rise in 2013 in good faith, the employers imposed 1% for 2013 and 2014. The decision to move to a consultative ballot was taken at a meeting of all council branches. We want all our members to have a say on how we go forward to challenge the erosion of our pay over the past four years.
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Inez Teece, Branch secretary said, "Many of our members are low paid and a 1% pay rise, even with the living wage and the Aberdeenshire uplift, is still paltry when you think that we live in one of the most expensive parts of Scotland.
"With the pay freeze, we have taken a 13% pay cut in real terms."
Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair added, "
We believe that our members are worth decent pay. That is important not just for us but for the local community, as public sector workers we spend up to 90p of every pound we earn back in our local shops and businesses. And we pay our taxes!
"Day after day our members go out to work for the people of Aberdeenshire. No wonder the council says that staff are their greatest resource.
"There is no doubt that we are valued by the people we provide the services for. Now the employers should show how much they value their workforce by giving us a decent pay rise."
Pay Update May 2014
Branch to consult on pay action
UNISON Scotland Local Government leaders have announced a consultative ballot of members in local government on pay.
The Branch will now ask our members whether to ballot for industrial action in support of an improved offer for this year, or whether the focus should now be on building a campaign of action in support of our 2015/16 pay claim.
The ballot will run from 9th June and close on 7th July. It will be a postal ballot to members home addresses and UNISON's Local Government Committee is urging members to support a full industrial action ballot.
Inez Teece, Branch Secretary and Vice-Chair of the Scottish Local Government Committee said, "The Scottish Employers have rejected UNISON’s 2014 Pay Claim for £1 per hour and consolidation of the living wage. It is their view that pay has been settled until April 2015. This is because, after UNISON members accepted a 1% rise in 2013 in good faith, the employers imposed 1% for 2013 and 2014.
“The decision to move to a consultative ballot was taken at a meeting of all council branches. We want all our members to have a say on how we go forward to challenge the erosion of our pay over the past four years.
“Many of our members are low paid and a 1% pay rise, even with the living wage and the Aberdeenshire uplift, is still paltry when you think that we live in one of the most expensive parts of Scotland. With the pay freeze, we have taken a 13% pay cut in real terms.”
Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair added, “We will be holding meetings of members towards the end of June, setting out why we believe that our members are worth decent pay, and why that is important not just for us but for the local community. As public sector workers we spend up to 90p of every pound we earn back in our local shops and businesses. And we pay our taxes!
“Day after day our members go out to work for the people of Aberdeenshire. No wonder that council says that staff are their greatest resource. There is no doubt that they are valued by the people they provide the services for. Now the employers should show how much they value their workforce by giving them a decent pay rise.”
Pay Update January 2014
UNISON to lodge pay
claim despite imposition
UNISON is to lodge a pay claim in 2014 despite CoSLA’s imposition of two years at 1%.
It will also mount a 2015 campaign on pay and the protection of locally delivered services.
Branches from across Scotland overwhelmingly backed the move at a meeting in Glasgow in early December 2013.
They reacted angrily to the employers stepping outside the agreed bargaining structure.
Dougie Black, UNISON’s regional organiser, said: “COSLA’s claims that UNISON is dragging its heels is utter nonsense.
“Our members were balloted and had accepted COSLA’s one year pay offer. It’s completely unacceptable for COSLA to renege on the deal and it’s a real kick in the teeth for Scotland’s council staff who work hard to deliver Scotland’s council services.
“Imposing a deal is no way to conduct bargaining and our members deserve more than these
“COSLA needs to get back around the negotiating table and conduct their business in a fair, open and transparent manner and show our members the respect they deserve.”
Branch Secretary and Vice Chair of the Scottish Local Government Committee, Inez Teece, explained further issues facing the union: “In an unprecedented move, the Unite union accepted the two-year 1% outwith the agreed bargaining
structures, committing to 1% next year irrespective of inflation or any change in financial circumstances.
“As a result, to get fair pay for local government workers, critical work will have to be done not only with the employers but with the other local government trade unions.”
Click here to see updates from the 2013 Pay Claim