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.

Cycle Cuba Challenge 2014

A letter from R Miller, Director of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.




Break the Blockade with the


Cycle Cuba Challenge 2014

24 April – 06 May



October 2013




Dear friend,


I am writing to you now with details of the unique Blockade Busting Cycle Cuba Challenge 2014. I hope that you will be able to discuss this with your relevant committees and that your trade union organisation will be able to support this important initiative. It may seem like the Cycle Challenge is a long way off but we need participants to sign up now so they have enough time to get ready for the challenge and to raise the full amount of sponsorship needed.


Over the years over 100 trade unionists have joined the cycle challenge with support from their regions and national organisations and we very much hope that in 2014 we will be able to broaden further the support for this unique solidarity event.


50 years of blockade

After 50 years of the cruel US blockade, Cuba still requires much needed material solidarity to support its social infrastructure. This year we will again raise money for essential educational equipment for young visually impaired Cuban school children and the cyclists will deliver the aid directly to the AbelSantamariaSchool in Havana.


50 years of international solidarity

Trade Union visits such as the Cycle Cuba Challenge send a real message of international friendship and ensure that the Cuban people are not left alone.


This year’s blockade busting Cycle Challenge runs 315 kilometres from Sancti Spíritus, one of Cuba’s seven original Spanish towns, to the historic city of Santa Clara. The route passes through Trinidad, Cuba’s best preserved colonial town and a UNESCO World Heritage site to Cienfuegos, where we have received a special invitation to participate in the inspiring May Day Rally alongside thousands of Cubans. Then it is on to Santa Clara, site of Che Guevara’s evocative mausoleum and historic victory against Batista’s troop train. We then return to Havana, for further exploration of this fascinating capital city along with opportunities to meet Cuban trade unionists. We then have a special visit to the AbelSantamariaSchool for the visually impaired.


The full details, itinerary and booking forms are all available to view and download here

We can also send these to you on request.


You can also see a fabulous three minute You Tube video of last year’s Cycle Challenge made by one the  participants



To be part of the Challenge this year the registration fee is £199. Participants will then need to raise the minimum sponsorship entry level of £2,699. We will give participants plenty of fundraising tips and are planning some centrally coordinated fundraising initiatives. Two people booking together can register for only £99 per person. We’re only a phone call away if people need any help.


I do hope that you will be able to give this your consideration and hope that some of your members will be able to join the 2014 cycle challenge.



Thanks so much for all your ongoing support and please don’t hesitate to contact me or my colleague Trish Meehan anytime to discuss on 0208 800 0155.


Best wishes,