A number of members have contacted us regarding media reports that the Teaching Unions have received a revised pay offer and asking whether that now means our own pay negotiations have re-opened.
The re-opener clause in our pay deal states “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.”
Here’s what we know of the current position:
– The press is reporting on a letter sent to the Teaching Trade Unions by John Swinney MSP.
– We understand that this is not an ‘offer’ made as part of the collective bargaining machinery – it is a ‘proposal’ made by the Scottish Government without reference to COSLA.
– Only the employer (COSLA) can make an offer – they have not (yet) done so.
– COSLA Leaders, who would have to sign off any revised offer, does not meet until the 29th March.
– We have asked COSLA for clarity on this proposal – how much money is being put in, whether it relates to cost of living increases or pay restructuring and what it would mean in terms of the total pay offer value – we understand the Scottish Government have not yet provided this inforrmation to COSLA.
– We need, and will examine carefully this information when it is recieved, in order to assess whether the terms of the re-opener clause in our pay deal have been met.
– Our Local Government Committee meets on Thursday and will consider our position further at that point.
We will keep you abreast of developments.