Pay 2024: Unison get mandate to strike in 14 councils

Unison members in Waste and Cleansing to join the battle for council funding in 14 councils

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Yesterday, Unison announced their ballot result for members in Waste and Cleansing, achieving a mandate for strike action in 14 councils across Scotland, with over 95% of members voting in favour of strike action.

Here’s the current picture across all councils for all Scottish Joint Council (SJC) unions:

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Pay 2024: Fleet workers to strike in Edinburgh, re-ballots in other councils

Unite members in Fleet Services vote to strike over pay

Unite members in Fleet Services in Edinburgh Council have voted to take industrial action over pay. The ballot closed on Friday 5 July with 67% of members voting in favour of industrial action. These members will join those in Waste and Cleansing and Public Conveniences in Edinburgh in the fight for a fair pay deal and fair funding for councils.

Re-ballots in other councils

Unite is re-balloting Waste and Cleansing members in

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Pay 2024: Unite members vote for strike action

Ballot results: Unite returns strike mandates in 16 councils across Scotland

Read all posts about the current pay dispute for details of the pay claim, the offer on the table and more.

Yesterday (1 July) the strike ballot for Waste and Cleansing members closed, returning a mandate for industrial action in 16 councils across Scotland. GMB’s ballot returned a mandate in 13 councils. Unison’s ballot will close on 17 July.

The result sends the message to COSLA and the Scottish Government loud and clear—council workers are ready to fight for fair pay. COSLA call the current offer on the table—2.2% for 6-months then a 2% rise for the next 12-months—a “strong offer”. This is in the context of council worker pay being devalued by thousands of pounds over the past 15 years.

Brian Robertson, branch secretary, explained the dispute to the BBC:

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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.

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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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