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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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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