William Eichler 27 November 2023

Unison members accept ‘long overdue’ pay offer

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Council chiefs in Scotland have welcomed a decision by Unison members to accept the latest offer in a long running pay dispute.

The deal includes a timetable for all local government staff to be paid a minimum of £15 per hour by 2026 with the full deal being backdated to April 2023.

The union’s members across Scotland’s councils voted to accept the offer by a margin of 69.6% to 30.4%.

Unison Scotland’s head of local government, Johanna Baxter said: ‘This deal is long overdue and was hard fought for by UNISON members. COSLA urgently need to review the bargaining process to ensure that future pay negotiations progress quickly and with as little disruption as possible.’

Commenting Cllr Katie Hagmann, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson, said: ‘It is great to finally get this deal over the line, I am pleased with today’s news that UNISON members have joined their GMB and UNITE colleagues in voting to accept the strong offer from COSLA.

‘Throughout this challenging process, we have listened carefully to our trade unions, met all their asks, and worked with Scottish Government to put an incredibly strong half a billion pound pay package forward. For the sake of everyone in our Local Government workforce, who are delivering essential front-line services, I am pleased that the pay offer has now been accepted by all of our trade union colleagues.’

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