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By UNISON, Aug 29 2019 03:25PM

We are now sharing the outcomes of the recent late consultation in relation to the imposition of the move from weekly pay to Monthly pay for staff that have previously retained this arrangements as part of their T & C’s/contract of employment.

We have advised the employer that this is something that our branch do not agree with and cannot agree to on behalf of our membership. Many of our members are opposed to this change. Whilst the employer has stated that it allows staff to be resourced in a more efficient manner they do not identify any cost saving figures.

We have shared with Stirling Council the issues that this will present for our members and have acknowledged that as a result of joint Trade Union representations made by UNISON and Unite on Tuesday 6th August 2019 that the employer is now offering the option of extending this change to take place in November 2020 as opposed to this being imposed immediately.

In the event of any change taking place the employer has proposed making an interest fee loan to those affected and colleagues in our sister trade union GMB made representations to the employer that affected staff start paying back any loan in advance of receiving it, some would say an interest free loan to the council, not surprisingly this was accepted by the employer. On this we have been clear with the employer that if this is something they intend to go forward with then it should only been done as an option that staff can say yes or no to.

Going forward we have made clear that due process needs to be followed in the event of such suggested changes so that we do not find ourselves in this position again particularly in relation to matters that constitute appropriate consultation and negotiation in line with Collective Bargaining.

By UNISON, Jan 11 2019 01:46PM

COSLA is now proposing an offer which covers a three year period, from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021. If agreed the award for 2018 will be backdated to the 1 April 2018 application date. They key elements of the offer are:

 2018/19 – an increase of 3.5 per cent for everyone earning up to £80,000 (for those earning above this a flat rate of £1600 will apply.)

 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent.

 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent.

 In each of these three years the Scottish Local Government Living Wage will rise by the percentage uplift referred to above.

 Full consolidation of the Living Wage, with Councils aiming to achieve this by March 2021. In exceptional circumstances, and where agreed with the Joint Trade Unions, an extension to this can be agreed, which will incorporate a firm commitment of a final implementation date for consolidation of 2022.

 Reaffirmation of COSLA’s policy statement on pay parity across the Local Government workforce.

 A commitment to re-open negotiations with the Joint Trade Unions in the event of another Local Government bargaining group’s total pay offer value being revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement.

By UNISON, Oct 19 2018 09:40AM

Over the course of this summer thousands of you participated in UNISON’s ONE Team campaign to improve the 2018 pay offer and smash the pay cap in local government. And we did. So thank you to all of you for the work you did to help achieve that.

However, the revised offer that the employer’s organisation has come back with falls short of the pay claim submitted by the Joint Trades Unions in January and UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee is recommending that you REJECT this revised offer.

The offer the employer has put forward is for:

• A one year deal covering the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, with the award being back dated to the 1 April 2018 application date.

• A 3% pay increase for all employees earning up to £80,000 and a flat rate of £1600 for employees earning more than £80,000.

• An uprating of the Scottish Local Government Living Wage (SLGLW) from £8.51 to £8.77 and for this to continue to be the minimum rate of pay in Scottish local government, paid on the same terms as agreed in the 2017-18 pay award.

UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee is recommending rejection of this offer because:

• The employer has not engaged in meaningful negotiations with the Trade Unions. Had they done so we would have had the opportunity to shape the offer to help those most in need.

• Fairness - A key element of our claim was to be treated equally with other local government workers. However, we have now found out that the Scottish Government plan to give even more money to improve teachers’ pay. Our argument is simple - if additional money can be found to improve teachers’ pay then it is only fair that more money should be found to improve your pay.

• The pay offer is below the current rate of inflation.

• Restoration – the offer does not address the fact that you have lost around 15% of your salary in real terms over the past decade through below inflation increases caused by austerity.

• Low Pay – the offer does not address the significant issues of low pay that exist in local government and more needs to be done for those on the lowest pay.

The only way to get the employer back round the negotiating table is for you to use your vote, reject this offer and demonstrate your willingness to take industrial action up to and including strike action in pursuit of our full pay claim.

Don't forget to vote before 5pm on Wednesday 7th November, when the ballot closes.

By UNISON, Aug 15 2018 03:38PM

Huge thanks to everyone who has been working so hard to talk to colleagues and share our messages about our campaign for parity in pay across local government.

Here's a brief update on where we are in the negotiations and the next steps of our campaign:

Update on Discussions with Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay

The last meeting with Derek Mackay, on the 26th June, went well and was as expected - constructive but not conclusive. The Scottish Government do not have a seat at our negotiating table and as such Derek Mackay cannot be seen to be negotiating local government pay. We did not anticipate walking out of that meeting with a swag of cash, but did want to take the message to him that the government need to seriously think about the message it would be sending out if they chose to make more money available for teachers, whilst denying the money COSLA would need to provide parity in the pay for other local government workers.

We had a robust and respectful debate and he has committed to meeting again, this time jointly with COSLA. We wrote to him again following the meeting - you can read that letter here: http://www.unison-scotland.org/library/Joint-Sec-Letter-to-Derek-Mackay-re-Pay-290618.pdf

And you can read his response here: http://www.unison-scotland.org/library/L-from-Derek-Mackay-100718.pdf

We know that COSLA representatives have also met with him to press for additional funding to ensure parity across local government - they also had a constructive exchange of views and he has committed to going back to them following their representations.

'Education: It's ONE Team' campaign & response from Deputy First Minister, John Swinney

Before the summer break those of you working alongside teachers in education participated in a short campaign to send a message to John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, that your work should be valued just as much as the teachers you work beside.

In a little over two weeks we managed to collate and deliver almost 3,500 postcards from you to Mr Swinney and I know that a number of our branches were sharing this message on social media and in their local press.

John Swinney has now responded to our campaign - you can read his response here: http://www.unison-scotland.org/2018/08/06/letter-from-john-swinney-in-response-to-education-its-one-team-campaign/

We are disappointed that Mr Swinney has chosen to respond in the manner he has. Carol Ball, Chair, UNISON's Education Issues Group, has replied to Mr Swinney setting out our views - you can read that letter here: http://www.unison-scotland.org/library/CB-L2-John-Swinney-080818.pdf

'Local Government: It's ONE Team' - Next steps of the campaign

Whilst COSLA have been consistent in their agreement with us about the need to uphold the principle of parity across the local government bargaining groups we need to give power to their elbow in their discussions with the Scottish Government and remind them that we will not give up on this.

And we need your help to do it. We're asking all members to complete one of the postcards below and either send it direct to Cllr Alison Evison or hand it in to your local branch who will collate them for delivery to her in advance of the next meeting of COSLA Leaders on the 31st August.

Any improvement to the pay offer would have to be put to, and signed off at, that meeting so they need to know your strength of feeling on this before any decisions are taken.

You can download the postcard here:


Feel free we to share this card with your colleagues by e-mail or social media and ask them to sign it too. There's a social media card for this on our campaign website here: https://i1.wp.com/www.unison-scotland.org/library/Local-government-ONE-team-website-banner-2.jpg

You can let us know you've completed it by tweeting us @UNISONScotLGvt or sending us a picture.

Making your voice heard to the employer will make a difference. We will continue to fight for fair pay for all local government workers and will of course provide further updates as discussions continue.

Don't forget...

Campaign resources, including A4 versions of the postcard and social media cards, can be downloaded from the website: http://www.unison-scotland.org/its-one-team-we-all-deserve-fair-pay/

All bargaining resources/information can be found here - http://www.unison-scotland.org/service-groups-and-sectors/local-government/local-government-pay2018 .

By UNISON, Jul 25 2018 03:15PM

Dear Member,

The results of our consultative Early Years Pay and grade ballot is as follows 96.7% in favour and 3.3% against. We believe this to be a unanimous mandate in favour of the proposal and would advise that we intend to meet with our members to discuss this outcome going forward. The date of this meeting is Tuesday 21st August 5-6p.m, Council Chambers, Viewforth. We advise that it is in all members interest to attend. If you are unable to attend this meeting please contact Lorraine Thomson, UNISON Stirling Branch Secretary, thomsonl34s@stirling.gov.uk

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