Pay Ballot Update


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.


Fife Womens Group

We are a small group of women who meet up informally every 6 weeks or so in Fife House, Glenrothes.  We aim to inform members of relevant issues and offer advice and support.  We provide the space for women to speak openly and freely about their own issues. We also have 2 social evenings per year. We would like to see the numbers in our group grow and therefore please can you help us to make sure we are providing the appropriate support and information by completing this short survey.  On completion of the survey, your name will be entered into a draw for a £30.00 Marks and Spencer voucher.

Please can you complete the survey by 8th March.  Your support is greatly appreciated. Together we are stronger.

Please click on the link below to complete the survey.

Kind Regards

Kathleen Gourlay and Margaret Pollock

UNISON Joint Women’s Officers.

Pay Ballot Update

UNISON members overwhelmingly vote to accept pay offer for council workers

1 February, 2019

UNISON, the largest union in local government, have today informed COSLA that their members have overwhelmingly voted to accept the pay offer for local government workers.

The move follows a consultative ballot of UNISON Scotland local government members in which 91% voted in favour of the deal and in record numbers. UNISON’s ballot closed on Thursday 31 January.

Results of the ballot were announced at UNISON Scotland’s Local Government Committee today (Friday 1 February).

The pay offer would deliver 9.5% cost of living increase over three years: 3.5% for 2018-19, 3% for 2019-20 and 3% for 2020-21. In addition it provides a commitment to fully consolidating the living wage, putting more money in the pockets of lower paid council workers, something UNISON has been campaigning on for years.

It also provides a commitment to re-open negotiations in the event of another local government bargaining group’s total pay offer value is 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. The award will be backdated to 1 April 2018.

UNISON Head of local government Scotland Johanna Baxter said: “This is a great outcome, delivered as a direct result of the campaigning activity and political lobbying efforts of UNISON members up and down the country. The cost of living increases meet current and projected levels of RPI and we have secured commitments to fully consolidate the living wage and maintain parity across the local government workforce. Our members have been waiting on a pay increase for over a year now so look forward to receiving their increase soon.”

UNISON chair of local government committee in Scotland Mark Ferguson said: “UNISON has campaigned hard to get the best deal we can for local government workers. While the offer does not make up for the many years of austerity, the offer, and particularly the commitment to consolidate the Living Wage, provides important safeguards for our lowest paid members.

“We will work to ensure this is properly delivered and local government workers will now receive back dated money in their pay packets in coming months.”

– The improved pay offer has come after months of campaigning and negotiations by the SJC trades unions.
– The offer would deliver cost of living increases of 3.5% for 2018-19, 3% for 2019-20 and 3% for 2020-21. In addition it provides a commitment to fully consolidating the Living Wage and provides for negotiations to be re-opened in the event that any other local government bargaining group’s total pay offer value is revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed with the SJC trade unions.
– Read COSLA offer letter here: Formal SJC Pay Offer 191218
– UNISON are the largest trade union in Scottish Local Government – representing 80,000 local government workers across the
country – and the largest trade union in the UK.
Local government workers have endured a decade of austerity with job cuts, and a decade real terms pay cuts.

Activists required

The People’s Assembly Scotland to which UNJISON is affiliated are holding a rally this Saturday, at the Donald Dewar steps in Glasgow at 1pm, calling for General Election Now and an end to austerity.

Anyone interested in participating in this can have their travel costs reimbursed through the Unison Fife branch. Keep hold of your travel receipts and claim back retrospectively.

Pay Offer Ballot

Members are currently being balloted for the revised pay offer.
Anyone who has not had a ballot paper should contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857 and they will get the link to register their vote. They should also contact the Branch Office with a contact email address for any future mailings.

The document below gives more details into the offer and the ballot

SLG Second Pay Ballot Cons FAQs 140119

Local Government Pay ballot

Result of LG Pay Ballot

Thank you to all members and activists who voted in the recent pay ballot and for all your hard work in getting out the vote.

The result of the consultative ballot is:
• 79% of those voting voted to reject the offer
• 67% of those voting voted to take industrial action, up to and including strike action in pursuit of the Joint Trade Unions pay claim.

We will inform the employer of these results tomorrow and invite them to get back around the negotiating table.

We will discuss the possibility of co-ordination of activity with our sister trade unions tomorrow and start to put in place the process for moving towards holding a statutory industrial action ballot. We will need to discuss this, and the strategy for this, with you all at the Local Government conference on the 30th November so please do start to have the conversation in your branches about what you think you could deliver (all out strike action, action short of strike, targeted action etc) and what support you would need to help secure the required turnout.