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Local Government Pay

By UNISON, Feb 23 2018 03:29PM

On January 2018 UNISON, along with the other Scottish Local Government trade unions, submitted a pay claim for a £1,500 flat rate increase to all spinal column points, or 6.5%, whichever is greater (based on a 37 hour working week). This claim includes an above inflation increase plus an element of restoration. You can read the full detail of the pay claim here and our short bargaining brief explaining it and what happens next here.

We have welcomed the Scottish Government’s stated intention to lift the public sector pay cap for public service workers and have argued that this must apply to you as local government workers who deliver a good public service in local authorities across the country. We also asked the Scottish Government for extra funding for local government to ensure your employer can afford to give you a decent pay rise.

The ball is now in the employers hands. We understand that they want to see the detail of the Government’s final budget settlement and then consult COSLA Leaders before responding to our claim. We do not therefore expect to have a formal response to our claim until the end of March.

So we thought this would be the perfect time to ask our members for their views on the claim and how they think they might be able to help us get the increase you all deserve.

To this end we have drafted a short survey to take the pulse of the membership. The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8W75WX8 The survey will go directly to all Local Government members that we have e-mail addresses for and will start going out today. Because of the way the survey system is set up we need to send it out in 4 batches over 4 days so all members we have e-mail addresses for should have it by the end of the week.

We ask that members complete by 16th March and we will do weekly reminders The survey will take no more than 2 minutes to complete and will give us valuable information that we can use in negotiations.

We will let you know of progress in the negotiations and once the employer has responded to our pay claim we will seek members views on the outcome of the talks before anything is agreed.

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