Pay update

Date: Monday 28 October 2013

UNISON brands COSLA’s delay claims ‘utter nonsense’

UNISON has dismissed COSLA’s delay claims as ‘utter nonsense’ and says the organisation’s decision to rip up its one year pay offer is a kick in the teeth for hardworking council staff.

Scotland’s largest public service union reacted angrily to COSLA’s plans to impose terms on workers for a two year period – completely outwith the bargaining framework – instead of honouring their agreement of one per cent for 2013/14.

Dougie Black, UNISON’s regional organiser, said:
“COSLA’s claims that UNISON is dragging its heels is utter nonsense.

“Our members were balloted and had accepted COSLA’s one year pay offer. It’s completely unacceptable for COSLA to renege on the deal and it’s a real kick in the teeth for Scotland’s council staff who work hard to deliver Scotland’s council services.

“Imposing a deal is no way to conduct bargaining and our members deserve more than these underhand tactics. COSLA needs to get back around the negotiating table and conduct their business in a fair, open and transparent manner and show our members the respect they deserve.”

Pay Update


Pay Update 26 October 2013 – CoSLA claim of UNISON dragging feet is nonsense. Members will have seen press reports about CoSLA imposing a two year 1% pay offer (for example CoSLA’s criticism of UNISON “dragging its feet” is nonsense. The real fact is CoSLA changed deal from a one year offer to two years after the one year deal had been accepted by UNISON members in a ballot. See the update from 6 September below for an outline of what actually happened. A further update will be given by UNISON week beginning 28 October 2013.