Scottish local government members back industrial action

UNISON local government members in Scotland are to take industrial action this month after a ‘yes’ vote in their ballot.

The news came after the employers imposed a pay award of 1% for this year – below both inflation and the retail price index.

UNISON regional officer for local government Douglas Black said: “UNISON has consulted its members and the clear, democratic decision is to take further industrial action.

“We will be running a programme of action, which will affect every area of Scotland. We do not take decisions like this lightly.”

And Mr Black continued: “Our members know how many people rely on our services, but local government pay has dropped 14% since 2007. We have seen 39,400 job losses. And UNISON members feel they have to say enough is enough”.

UNISON balloted members in local government in September, with 53.5% voting ‘yes’ and 46.5% ‘no’.

Mr Black observed: “This is a clear democratic decision, and our action will start in October. Our demands are simple. Fair pay for all workers and an end to low pay, and for employers get back round the table to discuss the big issues facing local government.

“There is real anger out there and so they need to talk to us as soon as possible.”

UNISON Scotland

Key issue: local government pay

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