15 October 2014
UNISON Glasgow Branch Statement – Reject New Pay Proposal
You will be aware that UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee has voted to suspend the strike action planned for 21 October. The committee’s statement is:
“ Following a meeting of UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee today (14 October), the committee has taken the decision to suspend strike action planned for 21 October and consult our members on new proposals put forward by the Scottish Employers (CoSLA). The proposals concentrate on three areas of our dispute: the future participation in the agreed bargaining machinery; consolidation ofthe living wage; and the deletion of spinal column point below the level of the living wage. The view of the Scottish Local Government Committee is that these proposals represent a significant change to the current award. In line with our agreed procedures UNISON is consulting members on the revised pay offer from the employers and a full consultative ballot will now take place. The ballot will open on Monday 20 October 2014 and close on Monday 3 November 2014.”
As you can see, you will now be balloted on the new proposal. The proposal affects the lowest paid members in some councils. This is welcome, however it offers nothing to any member in Glasgow as Glasgow City Council has already consolidated the Scottish Living Wage of £7.65. The proposal offers nothing to any member in Scotland earning over £14,750 circa. The UNISON Glasgow Branch Executive met on 14 October and voted unanimously to recommend to members in Glasgow to REJECT the new proposal and return to industrial action.