Fife Council are offering members an opportunity to
revisit the grades of their posts, this is the first time members have
been able to challenge their grades since the implementation of Single
The first Appeals Window opens on Monday 1st
There has to have been a significant variation in your
role since Single Status and members need supporting evidence of this for
an appeal to be successful.
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
– 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.
8/10 of the lowest paid jobs in the UK are predominately done by women Encourage others to join our movement and pay the real Living Wage this International Women’s Day
We know women are disproportionately represented in low-paid jobs. That’s why this International Women’s Day we want to encourage other employers to pay the real Living Wage, joining nearly 5000 Living Wage Employers who are going further to ensure women in their workplace can keep their heads above the water.
Members will be aware that whilst UNISON concluded our ballot on pay on the 31st January 2019, with members voting in record numbers to accept the offer, we have been awaiting the outcome of the two other SJC trade unions internal consultations.
The GMB ballot has now also delivered a vote to accept the offer.
The Unite ballot delivered a rejection of the offer.
By majority vote therefore of the trade union side at the SJC meeting today the offer has been accepted.
COSLA will now write to all councils asking them to process payments. They anticipate that most will be able to implement in March salaries – we have asked for details of which councils will not be able to make this implementation timescale and will communicate those details as soon as we have them.
We know that this has been a long process and thank all members for their understanding.
Thank you too for your campaigning activity – it has been by our collective effort that we have secured the best pay deal in local government in a decade.