Industrial Action Update

Industrial Action Update

As you will be aware the strike action which had been planned for 21st October has been suspended.  This decision was taken as a consequence of CoSLA (Employers representatives) making a revised offer on the 2014 pay negotiations.  The revised offer, which you will be balloted on, is outlined below.

  1. Consolidation of the Living Wage (currently £7.65)
  2. All spinal column points below the level of the Living Wage i.e. £7.65 would be removed as part of the 2015/2016 pay negotiation – this would in effect delete FC1 and FC2 and part of FC3 spinal points

All Unison members in Local Government will be asked their view on the revised offer commencing Monday 20th October closing on Monday 3rd November 2014.  It is essential that you participate in the consultation exercise.   

Unison is the largest trade union representing Council workers and there can be no doubt that this latest offer is as a result of Unison’s decision to take industrial action.  It is essential that you ensure that all Unison members participate in the vote.

If we do not vote – we have no voice, please ensure that you cast your vote by Monday 3rd November 2014.

 

Industrial Action Suspended

Suspension of Industrial Action 21 October 2014 – new consultative ballot

 

Following a meeting of UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee today, the committee has taken the decision to suspend strike action planned for 21 October and consult our members on new proposals put forward by the Scottish Employers (CoSLA).

The proposals concentrate on three areas of our dispute: the future participation in the agreed bargaining machinery; consolidation of the living wage; and the deletion of spinal column point below the level of the living wage.

The view of the Scottish Local Government Committee is that these proposals represent a significant change to the current award. In line with our agreed procedures UNISON is consulting members on the revised pay offer from the employers and a full consultative ballot will now take place.

The ballot will open on Monday 20 October 2014 and close on Monday 3 November 2014.

The Cuts Don’t Work

Date: Wednesday 25 June 2014

UNISON warns of a major assault on public services as 60 per cent of cuts are still to come

UNISON Scotland launched a report today (Wednesday) – The Cuts Don’t Work: The impact of ‘austerity’ cuts on Scotland’s public services – showing what’s really happening to public services across the country.

The report highlights that Scotland’s budget is being slashed by more than £6 billion in real terms. Around 50,000 public sector jobs have already gone with a further 60,000 expected jobs expected to go over the next 5 years. And local authorities have little choice but to put up charges for services like school meals, burials and cremations, day care and home care rates as they attempt to balance the books as a result of the ongoing council tax freeze.

While the cuts affect everyone in Scotland, it is the most vulnerable who are hardest hit, as services are cut back, jobs go, pay is cut and living standards fall.

Lilian Macer, UNISON’s Scottish Convener, said: “It’s impossible to take this level of funding and staffing out of public services without serious problems arising over time. And 60 per cent of the cuts are still to come. It’s a major assault on services everybody relies on.

“Some problems may become visible suddenly and dramatically if something goes wrong, for example in food safety, or hospital cleaning where lives can be put at risk. Others may not be noticed in headline news, but are also deeply damaging to the people affected, their families and communities.

“It could be local libraries closing, or the rushed – and very impersonal – 15 minute care visits your grandmother gets, or children whose lives could have been helped and turned around with proper social work support and intervention. Then there is the isolation of people who relied on day care centres that have closed down.”

The report also looks at how the cuts are piling on pressure to overworked, underpaid staff across Scotland including in hospitals, schools, police support staff, colleges and the voluntary sector and it is bringing public services to breaking point. Some of the comments included:

“If I was given the time and energy to apply to the families that I work with I could change their lives forever, but currently we stick plasters on wounds that need stitches.” Social worker

“Growing workloads are a real problem. We often have to work through breaks, or work late, just to do the job properly and deliver the right level of care.” Community midwife

“It’s getting worse. I don’t know where it’s going to end, no one cares about the patient or client anymore.” Home carer

Lilian Macer continued: “This report shows the damage cuts do to local communities, local economies and the fabric of our society. They are the result of decisions and choices made at every level of Government; local, Scottish and UK.