SJC Pay 2015 – 2017



As you will be aware UNISON and the other SJC trade unions have been in negotiations with the Scottish Employers for a number of months on the issue of pay. We submitted a claim in November last year, the headline of which was an increase of £1 per hour. Unfortunately we were unable to convince the employer’s to make a flat rate increase in this pay round. It was also the case that the employer’s were prepared to offer an increased ‘pot of money’ if the trade unions were able to agree to a two year pay settlement. That being the case the final offer from the employer’s is as follows;


  • A pay agreement which covers the period from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2017


  • 2015 -2016. As of 1st April 2015, the Scottish Local Government Living Wage of £7.85ph will be applied, following which there will be an increase of 1.5% on all spinal column points. This would achieve a Scottish Local Government Living Wage of £7.97ph


  • 2016 – 2017. As of 1st April 2016, the Living Wage will be increased to the recommended figure of the Living Wage Foundation, following which there will be an increase of 1% on all spinal column points.


  • A commitment from the employer’s to examine the feasibility of a ‘flat rate’ settlement in future pay rounds subject to the trade unions making such a claim.

The Scottish Local Government Committee have carefully considered this offer and whilst they recognise that it does not meet the terms of our claim, it is their view that further negotiations will not improve this offer. It is also noted that the employer’s have committed to discussions with the trade unions commencing in September 2015, regarding the full consolidation of the living wage and the deletion of spinal column points below the level of the living wage


It is therefore their view that this offer is the best that can be achieved by negotiation and that the recommendation to members is to ACCEPT.


A full consultation with members will now take place. This will be in the form of a consultative ballot sent to member’s home addresses. The ballot will open on 3rd September and close at 12 noon on 25th September 2015. Please encourage all members to use their vote.

Trade Union Bill

Dear Colleagues


As part of our ongoing campaign against the trade union bill, UNISON is working with the TUC and other trade unions on a lobby of Westminster Parliament on Monday 2 November 2015. More details will follow.


The lobby will be of vital importance in making sure MPs understand the strength of feeling of ordinary trade union members about the Bill, and their concerns that it will undermine the right to strike and risk public safety and service delivery. The rally will begin at 1pm with speakers at Westminster Central Hall and will aim to show the full diversity of our trade union movement. The lobby is planned to start at 2.30pm.



Meanwhile, the UK government is currently consulting on key elements of the trade union bill, to very tight timelines. UNISON is currently asking members to fill in this right to strike survey,0,0,0,0


This will enable us to quote our members’ views within UNISON’s responses to BIS as well as build our wider campaign against the trade union bill beyond the consultation period. Please encourage as many members to respond as you can.

SJC Pay Update

From Dougie Black

Regional Organiser/SJC Secretary


An update on SJC Pay. I am continuing to press the employers to make a formal offer on pay. However I now understand that CoSLA Leaders will be meeting on Friday 28th August and that the Employers Negotiating Team will be seeking a mandate to make a formal offer. If an offer is made following this meeting, UNISON will arrange a full consultative exercise with branches and members and I will advise you of timescales in the next few days.