Friday, 9 November 2018


Huge vote to reject council pay offer


Pay Ballot ResultThank you to all members and activists who voted in the recent pay ballot and for all your hard work in getting out the vote.
The result of the consultative ballot is:
79% of those voting voted to reject the offer
67% of those voting voted to take industrial action, up to and including strike action in pursuit of the Joint Trade Unions pay claim.
We will inform the employer of these results tomorrow and invite them to get back around the negotiating table.
We will discuss the possibility of co-ordination of activity with our sister trade unions tomorrow and start to put in place the process for moving towards holding a statutory industrial action ballot. We will need to discuss this, and the strategy for this, with you all at the Local Government conference on the 30th November so please do start to have the conversation in your branches about what you think you could deliver (all out strike action, action short of strike, targeted action etc) and what support you would need to help secure the required turnout.
There will be further communication on this in due course but in the meantime please diarise the following:
· 9th November – TOMORROW – if any activists are available there will be a small demonstration happening outside CoSLA HQ at 12.30pm, Verity House 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH, in advance of the SJC AGM.
· Demonstration outside the meeting of COSLA Leaders meeting at 10am on Friday 30th November (the start time for the Local Government conference will be moved to accommodate – Delia will advise of these arrangements) at Verity House 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH.
· Demonstration outside the Scottish Parliament on 12th December in advance of the Scottish Budget (time tbc).
Best wishes,
Johanna Baxter
Head of Local Government (Bargaining)

Thursday, 8 November 2018

BRANCH E-MAIL

We've got some important work going on with our email platform from early afternoon today until tomorrow afternoon. We will only have limited access to them during this time so it'll take a while longer to respond to emails that are received whilst the work is going on.
Our apologies - we'll be back to normal soon!

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

PAY BALLOT......THE FINAL PUSH

The pay ballot closes at 5pm tomorrow. If you've not had chance or got round to it yet, please either visit:

https://unison.tfaforms.net/52 - you don't even need your membership number; your NI number will do!

*Phone Unison Direct on 08000 857 857.
We recommend you to reject the pay offer, which would see us receive less in their pay packet than teachers. We asked for 6.5% as we are earning less in real terms than we were in 2010/2011. For example, if you're on the top spinal point of the LG4 pay grade, you are now £3600 worse off!

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

PAY BALLOT: ONE WEEK TO GO!



If you haven't done so already, please don't forget to vote! The ballot closes at 5pm on Wednesday 7th November.
It's really easy to vote and you can do so as follows:
* Click the link in the email you received a couple of weeks ago;
* Visit https://unison.tfaforms.net/52 - you don't even need your membership number; your NI number will do!
*Phone Unison Direct on 08000 857 857.
We recommend you to reject the pay offer, which would see us receive less in their pay packet than teachers. We asked for 6.5% as we are much worse off than we were in 2010/2011. For example, if you're on the top spinal point of the LG4 pay grade, you are today £3600 short in real terms!
So, please please vote before next Wednesday!

Friday, 26 October 2018

PAY BALLOT REMINDER

The ballot is open!
If you haven't yet done so, please vote now by either:
* Clicking the link in the email you should have received last week;
*Phoning Unison Direct on 08000 857 857.
We recommend you to reject the pay offer, which would see us receive less in their pay packet than teachers. Last year the Scottish Government agreed a bigger pay increase for them than that given to other local authority workers. The Scottish Government have again this year found additional money to improve Teachers pay but will not release additional funds to improve the pay of local government workers.
We asked for 6.5% as we are much worse off than we were in 2010/2011. For example, if you're on the top spinal point of the LG4 pay grade, you are today £3600 short in real terms!
So please vote to reject this derisory 3% offer from the Scottish Government!


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

PAY BALLOT NOW OPEN!


The ballot is now open. You should by now have got an email detailing how to vote.
If you didn't get an email you can vote by going to https://unison.tfaforms.net/52 or by phoning Unison Direct on 08000 857 857.
We recommend you to reject the pay offer, which would see us receive less in their pay packet than teachers. Last year the Scottish Government agreed a bigger pay increase for them than that given to other local authority workers. The Scottish Government have again this year found additional money to improve Teachers pay but will not release additional funds to improve the pay of local government workers.
And as colleagues at Dundee City have demonstrated, we are worse off than we were in 2010/2011. For example, if you're on the top spinal point of the LG4 pay grade, you are £3600 worse off!
So please vote to reject this derisory 3% offer from the Scottish Government!

Monday, 15 October 2018

COMING VERY SOON: CONSULTATIVE BALLOT ON PAY - AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO REJECT THE OFFER!

Within the next 24 - 48 hours members will receive information on how they can vote in the 2018 pay ballot and detailed information - much of it shared here and on the blog already - on why it is recommended that the 3% offer is rejected.
Remember, we asked for 6.5% in order to redress the losses members have incurred since 2010/11 and in the last few days, colleagues at Dundee City UNISON have developed a calculator which shows just how worse off in real terms we've become. Here's a few examples:
If you're on the top spinal point of LG3.......approximately £3450 worse off........top of LG4? £3600 worse off! Top of LG6.....£4400 less! Top of LG8....approx £5700 less and top of LG10? £5290 worse off!
Quite clearly, our pay has suffered significantly in last 8 years. Suffice to say, we want a decent pay rise for every one of our members; one that actually makes a difference to our standards of living and one that reflects the extra work and effort we all put in to continue providing excellent services against a backdrop of massive cuts to local government expenditure on the vital services we all deliver.
It's therefore important and essential that we vote to reject the 3% offer and send a strong message back to the Scottish Government.
Watch this space......
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