Scottish UNISON members reject pay offer

UNISON members in Scotland have overwhelmingly rejected a pay offer from local government employers.

The result of a consultative pay ballot was announced today, and a total of 80% voted to reject the offer, which was for a three-year deal of 1% in the first year, 0% in the second and 0.5% in the third.

UNISON and the other main unions had recommended a ‘no’ vote.

UNISON’s Scottish local government committee chair Stephanie Herd said:

“This overwhelming rejection shows how strongly our members feel about an offer that is in reality a three-year pay cut. Not only would our members and their families lose out, it would be bad news for local economies across Scotland, as members have less money to spend in local shops and businesses.

It is not surprising that our members feel angry and voted no, when chief officials in local authorities were awarded 2.5% and teachers 2.4%.

It is unacceptable to attempt to tie many of the lowest-paid public sector workers, who deliver essential front line services, into a three-year deal worth 1.5%.”

UNISON trade union side secretary and lead negotiator Dougie Black said:

“We are meeting with members of our local government committee today and with the other unions later this week to decide on the next steps in our pay campaign.

Industrial action is one of a range of possible options we will be considering. We will also be seeking an early meeting with the employers to re-open negotiations following this decisive rejection of their offer.”

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