Negotiations on the consolidation of the Scottish Local Government Living Wage (SLGLW) into our pay and grading system are reaching the end point of a 30 day time-frame (as set by the employer).
Unite has submitted a proposal that would see several thousand of Edinburgh Council’s lowest paid workers (a group approximately two thirds female) receive a substantial pay increase, with no reduction to the rest of the workforce. The idea is to bring the lowest paid up and therefore make the pay and grading system more equitable.
Other proposals are on the table (from other unions and HR) but we feel ours tackles in-work poverty and the gender pay gap far better than the others and is the only proposal that enables the council to keep on track with its objective of ending poverty in Edinburgh by 2030, by starting with its own workforce.
The consolidation of the SLGLW is a requirement of the current pay deal (2018 to 2021) and is due in our pay packets at the end of April 2021.
The branch AGM date was recently set by the Branch Committee as Tuesday 30th March 2021. Time, schedule and format have yet to be finalised but it is expected that the AGM will use Microsoft Teams and members will be asked to note interest in order that the link may be sent to them.
It is important that everyone’s membership details are up to date so please take a few minutes to check your details at MyUnite. If you have not used this service before you will have to take a few more minutes to activate your account. Once done you will be able to ensure that your details are up to date and that you receive important communications (e.g. ballots, pay claim, Health & Safety).
Further details on the AGM will be announced soon.
Our position for the next pay award
Following talks with our sister unions covering workers in Local Authorities, a joint pay claim was submitted to COSLA on 16th December 2020.
This is simply the beginning of the negotiation process that will lead, eventually, to a new pay settlement for Local Government workers (excluding Teachers, Chief Officers and, in some councils, Craft Workers) beyond 31st March 2021.
Negotiations are conducted through the Scottish Joint Council (SJC), the negotiating body that consists of: CoSLA staff, HR officers (representing council administrations), Councillors from different authorities (representing the political side), GMB, Unison, and, Unite the Union representing the workers.
Unite members will recall that our pay claim proposals were developed from the feedback you gave in a survey which was carried out in September/October. The joint claim is similar to this.
The Joint Trade Unions demand:
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