Pay offer rejected and strike ballot launched

Strike ballot opens on 5 June for action in July

COSLA finally came to the unions of the SJC (Unison, Unite and GMB) with a paltry pay offer for 2024/25 on Friday. Unite’s local government committee rejected this offer.

The offer is 2.2% raise from 1 April 2024 and a further 2% uplift from 1 October 2024 to 30 September 2025.

This is an 18-month offer, with COSLA looking to change the pay anniversary from 1 April to 1 October.

Download the letter from COSLA (PDF)

Preparing to strike

Today, Unite served notice to COSLA that we will be launching an industrial action ballot in Waste and Cleansing.

The ballot opens on 5 June and closes on 1 July. This could mean strike action mid-July.

Unite are balloting 29 of Scotland’s 32 councils—with only East Lothian, Orkney and Clackmannanshire not being balloted.

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What to do if you are under disciplinary investigation

The what to do… series of posts explains the steps members should take in various situations within the Council.

  1. You will be notified of the allegations against you in writing, not just by word of mouth.
  2. As you as you receive the written allegations, note who the nominated officer is—this will be the person that sent the letter—and contact a rep.
  3. The next step is an investigation interview. As soon as you have been informed of when this is, contact your rep to ensure they can attend with you.
  4. To prepare, make notes in response to the allegations, considering the circumstances at the time. If there are witnesses you may want to give their names to the investigating officer.

Do not discuss the disciplinary with any other council workers. You should only discuss with your rep and any worker assigned to support you or investigate allegations.

Informal resolution

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COSLA play politics over pay offer

We still have not received a pay offer from COSLA. The Scottish Joint Council (SJC, consisting of Unite, Unison and the GMB) submitted our pay claim in January.

The pay deal is supposed to be implemented in April, yet COSLA still have not presented their first offer and have now taken to the internet to play politics and point fingers at the unions in a recent post on the COSLA website for ‘going public’ with the lack of progress.

The unions have gone public because COSLA have so little respect for the workforce that they can’t make a pay offer in a timely manner.

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What to do if you are absent

The what to do… series of posts explains the steps members should take in various situations within the Council.

Phone in when you will be off. Discuss with your manager how often you should keep in contact. For absences without a sick note—those under 7 days—this is normally every day. For longer absences, you should agree expectations for contact with your manager.

Attend the “back to work” meeting. For long-term absences you may want a rep present to help any discussion around a phased return or reasonable adjustments if you have a disability or long-term health condition.

Contact a rep for an absence meeting if you

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Survey on Council culture and ‘our behaviours’

The Council are surveying workers on your experiences while working at the Council in relation to the three ‘behaviours’ adopted by the Council as guiding principles for the workforce—respect, integrity and flexibility.

Complete the survey on Council culture

We encourage all Council workers to complete the survey to inform the on-going work to try and embed the behaviours in the Council.