Mark Whitehead 11 April 2017

Trade union ballots members over strike action

Trade union ballots members over strike action image

Scotland’s largest local government trade union is to ballot its members over possible strike action after rejecting the latest pay offer from town halls.

More than three quarters of Unison Scotland members who voted in a recent consultative ballot opted to reject employers’ 1% pay offer.

Just one in five union members voted to back the offer.

Unison had pushed for a basic flat-rate pay increase of £1,000 for all staff members, as well as future index-linked increases to the Scottish Local Government Living Wage.

The union will now ballot its members over potential industrial action.

Dougie Black, Unison Scotland’s regional organiser, said: ‘Local government workers have suffered years of pay restraint and their pay is now worth far less than 10 years ago. This cannot continue.

‘Fair pay remains a priority for Unison. Our members are the cogs that keep local government services turning and they deserve to be treated fairly.’

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