UNISON have reached a multi million pound settlement with Fife Council for over 1400, mainly low paid women UNISON members, for their equal pay claims.
UNISON members will now be properly recompensed for historic discriminatory pay practices within Fife Council. It is a deal worth £millions and will include compensation for members back pay in some cases to 2006.
UNISON have been at the forefront of the legal campaign to fight for equal pay for women workers and to ensure they receive the back pay to which they are entitled.
Dougie Black, UNISON regional organiser for Fife local government said, ‘This has been a long time coming, many claims stretch back to 2006, we can only thank UNISON members for their hard work and patience. We will now discuss individual claims with the employer to ensure each claim is calculated properly. This a good day for low paid women workers and UNISON is proud to have been a part of it.’
Suzanne Craig, UNISON’s legal officer said, ‘UNISON will be seeking early payment from the employers. Regrettably it took the threat of proceeding to an Employment Tribunal to focus the employer’s minds to settle, but it is great news for everyone that we have agreed. This settlement also agrees the legal principles for moving forward to ensure wherever possible that job evaluation and pay practices remain free from discrimination in the future. Members will receive individual letters, in due course, outlining their settlement figures. I want to thank everyone for their patience.’
UNISON continues to fight for equal pay particularly for low paid women across Scotland
Local Government Pay Ballot Result
Members have voted overwhelmingly to accept the 2 year pay offer. The result of the ballot is
To accept – 88.8%
To reject – 11.2%
Turnout was 26.7%
I will now inform the employers to ensure that the pay circular to employers can be finalised and implemented
Regional Organiser/SJC Secretary
Please note the launch of a new website www.scotlandwelcomesrefugees.scot by the Scottish Refugee Council on behalf of the Scottish Government. This website offers a centralised source where people can provide donations or offer their time, skills and housing to support refugees coming to Scotland.
Below are a number of conferences coming up over the next few weeks. Unison Fife are looking for members who are interested in being a delegate for any of conferences below.
Any interested parties should e-mail the branch via the Contact Page.
Annual STUC Disabled Workers Conference – Sat. 21 – Sun. 22 November, 2015 in Beardmore Hotel, Clydebank
(Deadline for delegate registration Thursday 17th September)
Scottish LGBT AGM – Sat. 17th October, 2015 West Nile Street, Glasgow
(Deadline for delegate registration Friday 25th September)
Scottish Disabled Members Group: Annual Meeting – Sat. 7th November, Glasgow
(Deadline for delegate registration Friday 16th October)
Scottish Black Members AGM – Saturday 14th November, 2015 in The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
(Deadline for delegate registration Friday 23rd October)
Creche facilities are available
SCOTTISH LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY 2015 – 2017
As you will be aware UNISON and the other SJC trade unions have been in negotiations with the Scottish Employers for a number of months on the issue of pay. We submitted a claim in November last year, the headline of which was an increase of £1 per hour. Unfortunately we were unable to convince the employer’s to make a flat rate increase in this pay round. It was also the case that the employer’s were prepared to offer an increased ‘pot of money’ if the trade unions were able to agree to a two year pay settlement. That being the case the final offer from the employer’s is as follows;
- A pay agreement which covers the period from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2017
- 2015 -2016. As of 1st April 2015, the Scottish Local Government Living Wage of £7.85ph will be applied, following which there will be an increase of 1.5% on all spinal column points. This would achieve a Scottish Local Government Living Wage of £7.97ph
- 2016 – 2017. As of 1st April 2016, the Living Wage will be increased to the recommended figure of the Living Wage Foundation, following which there will be an increase of 1% on all spinal column points.
- A commitment from the employer’s to examine the feasibility of a ‘flat rate’ settlement in future pay rounds subject to the trade unions making such a claim.
The Scottish Local Government Committee have carefully considered this offer and whilst they recognise that it does not meet the terms of our claim, it is their view that further negotiations will not improve this offer. It is also noted that the employer’s have committed to discussions with the trade unions commencing in September 2015, regarding the full consolidation of the living wage and the deletion of spinal column points below the level of the living wage
It is therefore their view that this offer is the best that can be achieved by negotiation and that the recommendation to members is to ACCEPT.
A full consultation with members will now take place. This will be in the form of a consultative ballot sent to member’s home addresses. The ballot will open on 3rd September and close at 12 noon on 25th September 2015. Please encourage all members to use their vote.
As part of our ongoing campaign against the trade union bill, UNISON is working with the TUC and other trade unions on a lobby of Westminster Parliament on Monday 2 November 2015. More details will follow.
The lobby will be of vital importance in making sure MPs understand the strength of feeling of ordinary trade union members about the Bill, and their concerns that it will undermine the right to strike and risk public safety and service delivery. The rally will begin at 1pm with speakers at Westminster Central Hall and will aim to show the full diversity of our trade union movement. The lobby is planned to start at 2.30pm.
Meanwhile, the UK government is currently consulting on key elements of the trade union bill, to very tight timelines. UNISON is currently asking members to fill in this right to strike survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H3VXKKF?utm_source=Unison&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=594619_UNISON+eFocus+-+11+August&utm_content=lead_strike_surve&dm_t=0,0,0,0,0
This will enable us to quote our members’ views within UNISON’s responses to BIS as well as build our wider campaign against the trade union bill beyond the consultation period. Please encourage as many members to respond as you can.
From Dougie Black
Regional Organiser/SJC Secretary
An update on SJC Pay. I am continuing to press the employers to make a formal offer on pay. However I now understand that CoSLA Leaders will be meeting on Friday 28th August and that the Employers Negotiating Team will be seeking a mandate to make a formal offer. If an offer is made following this meeting, UNISON will arrange a full consultative exercise with branches and members and I will advise you of timescales in the next few days.