Pay 2024 update: Support your striking colleagues to win fair pay for all

We are currently awaiting an offer from COSLA regarding this years pay. Unite have urged COSLA and the Scottish Government to make us a suitable pay offer that we can submit to our members in a consultative ballot.

The headline in our claim is £1.60 per hour or 7% —whichever is greater. Most councils have only budgeted for 3% this year, so more funding will be required.

Strategy for action

Unite’s Scottish Local Government Committee have started their ‘stategy for action’ campaign to ensure you receive the pay rise you deserve. We have decided to focus on Waste and Cleansing as the area to take industrial action if needed.

Everyone will remember the courage, strength and solidarity of our Waste and Cleansing workers 2 years ago which secured a wage deal which brought in over £450m of additional funding and saw a real terms pay rise for the lowest paid council workers. Since then they have grown stronger in numbers.

Support the colleagues that fight for YOUR pay

We call on all members to fully support the action that may have to be taken by our Waste and Cleansing members. Remember, they will be standing up for your pay.

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May Day 2024

Unite members march together on 5 May

May Day is international workers day. We are calling on all members to join us as we march for May Day on Sunday 5 May 2024—comment below or contact a branch official to let us know you’ll be part of the Unite block.

Assembling at Johnstone Terrace at 11:30am to march at 12pm, arriving at the Pleasance for the rally.

The rally is compered by Susan Morrison, with speakers including:

  • Tasneem Ali, Music Women’s Association
  • Amanda Fyffe, Living Rent
  • Mike Cowley, ex-EIS-FELA
  • Mick Hogg, ex-miner

And music from:

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Social Care Direct votes to strike is dispute over worker voice

Senior social workers have voted 100% in favour of strike action

Update 16 April 2024: Planned industrial action has been postponed following meetings which arrived at arrangements that look to move the dispute to resolution. Strike mandates last for six months, so we will be closely monitoring the situation to ensure the Council follows through on its commitments to our members. If it fails, we will not hesitate to take action.

Senior Practitioners in Social Care Direct for Children’s Services have voted to strike in a dispute in which the Council has failed to deal with a collective grievance over forced changes in the workplace within a reasonable timescale. The ballot closed today with 100% of the workforce voting and all in favour of strike action.

Members submitted a collective grievance in February 2023 regarding changes being enforced without consultation. We still await an outcome to the grievance despite assurances of one being imminent in September 2023.

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Tell LPF, stop using my money to invest in apartheid!

The Time to Divest campaign is collecting signatures for an open letter to the Lothian Pension Fund to divest from companies complicit in Israel’s apartheid in Palestine.

The pension fund uses the contributions it receives, from the employer and from your wages, to make investments. These include huge investments in Lockheed Martin, which arms the Israeli Defense Forces, and Caterpillar, which provides bulldozers used to flatten Gaza.

Council workers concerned with the situation in Palestine can be a powerful voice. Sign below to send the message to the pension fund—divest now!

Sign the open letter to LPF

Pay claim 2024

Unions call for a rise of £1.60 per hour or 7%—whichever is highest

On 25 January, we submitted our pay claim to COSLA for this year’s Scottish local government pay deal.

We are calling for a one-year deal with

  • a rise of £1.60 per hour or 7%, whichever is greater
  • a call for early negotiations to ensure the pay deal is implemented by 1 April

Download the full pay claim for 2024/25 (PDF).

The Council are only budgeting for a 3% pay rise, but they are already doubting that this is enough—see 4.11 in the budget report to the Finance and Resources Committee.

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