Date 7 January 2013
UNISON welcomes boost for low paid as council agrees to backdate the living wage
Aberdeenshire UNISON has welcomed the council’s agreement in principle to adopt the living wage at the rate of £7.20 and to backdate this to April 2012 for around 1800 of its low paid workers.
In November the council had pledged to introduce the living wage but since then the unions have had further talks on the details.
Inez Teece, Branch Secretary and lead negotiator for the joint trade unions said, “UNISON along with the other unions have been pressing for the council to keep to their commitment to backdate the living wage to April 2012 and we are delighted that they have heeded our call. This is great news for our low paid members who will see a boost to their wages early in the New Year.
“This is not just welcome news for our lowest paid, living as they do in one of the most expensive parts of Scotland, but it is also good news for the local economy as these workers will have a bit more cash to spend in local shops and businesses.”
The council has also improved their offer on terms and conditions. Inez added, “Although our members voted to accept the deal, as a union we have kept our promise to negotiate for further improvements and we are pleased that the council has listened to us and has made an improved offer.”
For further information contact:
Inez Teece, Branch secretary 07780781953