UNISON Scotland Press Statement
Embargo: For immediate Release
Date: Mon 1 September 2008
Further action "inevitable" over council pay following CoSLA failure to improve offer
UNISON, the largest union representing over 100,000 council staff in Scotland has reacted with "bitter disappointment" at the failure of the local government employers body CoSLA to improve the rejected pay offer which led to strike action last month. "Further action is now inevitable," said Stephanie Herd, Chairperson of UNISON’s Local Government Service Group.
UNISON along with the other trade unions involved in the pay dispute, Unite and GMB, met with the employers (COSLA) today (Monday 1 September) to continue talks on this years pay settlement. Regrettably the meeting broke up with no new offer being made. The only concession being made by the employers is to make their offer of 2.5% effective for one year instead of the three previously offered.
Dougie Black, UNISON Regional Officer and Secretary to the Trade Union Negotiators said: "Whilst we are pleased that our day of action forced the employer back to the negotiating table and they retracted the three year element of their final offer, we are bitterly disappointed and angry that the value of the offer has not been improved. The employers publicly stated that they required to look at a settlement that took account of the rises in inflation and to subsequently make no new offer is disingenuous on their part."
Stephanie Herd, Chairperson of UNISON’s Local Government Service Group said:
"Our members will be extremely angry at the way their employers are treating them. Many of our members are amongst the lowest paid in the public sector and to give indications that the offer would be improved and then subsequently not will simply strengthen their resolve in pursuing a better offer. Further action is now inevitable and we will be talking to our fellow trade unions to pursue this."