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.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said:

Our members undertake vital frontline jobs. Despite the essential work they do, they have seen their pay eroded for years, they are simply no longer prepared to tolerate this situation.

COSLA and the Scottish government have been warned that they must do far more to meet the pay aspirations of our members. The blame for any strike action taking place will lie at their doors.

We will back our members all the way in the fight for better jobs, pay and conditions in local government.

Graham McNab, Unite industrial officer said:

Any action could impact on major summer events including the Edinburgh festival.

Let’s be clear that COSLA and the Scottish government must come back to us with a significantly revised pay offer, if they do not, then our members will have no option but to take action.

Striking for YOUR pay

Workers in Waste and Cleansing will once again be striking in the fight for fair pay for all council workers across Scotland. These members will be losing pay and undergoing the tasking process of going on strike to benefit you, so please support them.

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