Pay update: who is balloting where? And why we need to take action

Unite is balloting members in Waste and Cleansing, including Public Conveniences, and Fleet Services

COSLA leaders are due to meet on 21 June to discuss the local government pay deal, in light of the industrial action ballots council face.

The latest offer was for a 2.2% rise for six months, then an additional 2% rise covering the next 12 months. This would include changing our pay anniversary from April to October going forward.

Unite and GMB rejected the latest offer out of hand.

Unison consulted their members on the offer. 91% voted to reject it.

Industrial action ballots

GMB balloted social care workers across Scotland—this ballot closes on 19 June.

Unite, Unison and GMB have all balloted members in Waste and Cleansing across Scotland—this ballot closes on 1 July.

In Edinburgh, we have also balloted workers in Fleet Services—this ballot closes on 3 July.

Once the results are in, if the ballot returns a mandate to take action, the union has to give the employer at least two-weeks notice of the strike. This means that the earliest we will see strike a

Read our pages on industrial action to understand the process. If you work in Waste and Cleansing or Fleet Services this is essential reading.

Message from regional officer

Members in Waste and Cleansing, please listen to this message from Graham McNab, Unite Regional Officer on why it is important to vote yes for strike action—more reasons below.

Your pay has been devalued

In our history of council pay deals you can see that most workers have only seen three years where they have not had a real terms pay cut since 2010. Due to the cumulative effects of, sometimes significant pay cuts, all council workers pay has been devalued.

A pay rise is only actually a pay rise if it is greater than the rate of inflation. We have looked at three salary points to work out how much their pay should be if it kept up with inflation—that is, not a pay cut or pay rise.

A worker earning

  • £15,000 in 2009 should be earning £27,264.95 now. They are instead earning £22,289.52. The salary has been devalued by almost £5,000.
  • £25,000 in 2009 should be earning £45,441.58 now. They are instead earning £33,714.90. The salary has been devalued by over £11,000.
  • £35,000 in 2009 should be earning £63,618.21 now. They are instead earning £45,823.15. The salary has been devalued by almost £18,000—that’s the equivalent of £1,200 taken from your pocket every year of the past 15.

The fight for fair pay is not just for a this year. It is a fight for pay restoration to make up for years of pay cuts and the devaluing of council worker labour.

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