Dan Peters 20 June 2018

Union rejects Scottish councils' pay offer

Members of the GMB Scotland trade union have rejected the local government pay offer, potentially sparking industrial action.

Some 92% of members across Scotland’s 32 local authorities rejected the offer put forward by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, which has tabled a 3% increase for all employees earning up to £36,500 while staff on the highest grades will receive a flat rate increase of £1,600.

The result came after a six-week consultation of GMB’s 30,000 local government members, who include home carers, school cleaners, pupil support assistants and refuse staff.

GMB said it will now put forward plans for industrial action across key services in Scottish local authorities.

Senior union organiser Drew Duffy said: ‘This is a clear and resounding rejection by our members of a blatantly unfair and unacceptable pay offer.

‘Backed by this mandate, GMB will now take forward our campaign for fair pay and prepare for targeted industrial actions in local services across the country.’

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