SJC Local Government Pay 2013

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2013 Local Government Service Group Conference
4 June 2013

The Scottish Joint Council employers made a final pay offer last November of:

1)1% increase on all spinal column points from 1 April 2013.

2)Introduction of a Scottish Local Government Living Wage set at £7.50ph (The living wage element to be applied after the 1% uplift)

3)Potential for detrimental changes to terms & conditions next year.

Following a consultative ballot in March/April 2013 of UNISON members conditioned to Scottish Joint Council (SJC) terms and conditions, the offer was rejected. UNITE had a similar result.

Whilst the Scottish Joint Council UNISON Trade Union Side welcomes the ending of the pay freeze and the introduction of the Living Wage which we have campaigned vigorously for, this needs to be consolidated into pay and up-rated accordingly.

The SJC employers have also failed to pay across the board the £250 for those earning under £21k despite other public service workers receiving it.

The 1% simply is not enough and our members deserve better after years of below inflation pay rises and pay freezes.

At a meeting with the employers on 29 May 2013 they failed to make a new improved offer or re-open negotiations. The Joint Trade Union Side met and agreed to co-ordinate a strategy for Industrial Action involving UNISON and UNITE with similar ballot timescales.

This conference agrees to:

a)Note the Scottish Region SJC’s position.

b)Condemn the SJC employer side’s failure to return to the negotiating table and for giving notice of future potentially detrimental changes to terms and conditions.

c)Provide all necessary support during the ballot and in executing Industrial Action in the event of a mandate for action.