Dan Peters 10 May 2023

'Widespread industrial action' warning

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Trade union Unite has warned the Scottish Government and employers there ‘could be widespread industrial action’ without a ‘significant increase’ to the current pay offer.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: ‘The Scottish Government and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities need to improve upon the current pay offer or there will be trouble ahead.

'A 5% pay offer when the broader cost of living index is now above 13% is a punishing real terms pay cut.’

Unite said the offer for those on the lowest pay falls short of that made to local government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A letter to Scottish ministers read: ‘Local government cannot continue to be the poor relations of the public sector.’

This article was originally published by The MJ (£).

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