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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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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