We want to hear from home care workers

Complete Unite’s survey for home care workers

We have launched a survey for all home care workers employed by the City of Edinburgh Council, to help us understand the issues that matter to you.

Complete the home care worker survey

We will publish findings from the survey here. These will help inform how we campaign within social care to improve the pay, terms and conditions of workers.

Unite in Social Care

Workers win by coming together. To help with this, Unite have a WhatsApp group for members within social care.

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Pay offer to be imposed—strike suspended (updated 21 November)

Pay deal to be in place from 21 December pay

COSLA Leaders met on Friday and agreed to impose the latest pay offer.

The Council have confirmed that this will be implemented and staff will receive their backpay in the 21 December pay. Read Andrew Kerr’s update, which includes the new salaries and hourly rates.

The latest offer is the same as the previous, but the uplift for some workers (GR5 to the bottom of GR11) that they were due to receive from January 2024, will now be for the full year from April 2023.

Unison have suspended all strike action while they consult their members on this offer. The Unison ballot closes on 28 November. Unison nationally are recommending their members accept the offer, but branches—such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee—are recommending reject.

Get ready for next year

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Industrial action in schools on 8 November

Unison members in schools are striking on Wednesday 8 November in their on-going dispute over the national pay deal for all council workers.

Read about when others are on strike for information.

We met with HR today to discuss arrangements, which are still to be confirmed pending risk assessments of all schools. We will post any arrangements here as soon as they are confirmed.

Unite members have accepted the pay offer on the table. We are in talks with COSLA this week, where we will be urging COSLA to ensure the pay deal is implemented as soon as possible, to ensure workers have the much-needed backpay in time for Christmas.

Read the Council’s web page about the strike.


Primary schools, special schools and early years classes within schools will be closed. We await the arrangements for workers in these schools.

Secondary schools are open, with some ‘partially’ open. We await confirmation of what this means and arrangements for non-striking workers.

Standalone early years establishments are not affected by the strike, as Unison did not ballot these workers.

Inclusion review—make the review work for you

School support staff UNITE to improve pay, safety and career progression

What does PSA stand for? In this case, Pay, Safety and Advancement—the themes of Unite’s PSA campaign to improve conditions for all school support workers. The on-going Inclusion Review provides the opportunity to propose new

  • job descriptions—which can result in regrading
  • reporting lines
  • structures
  • working patterns.

The formal consultation looks set to launch in January.

We are working with members in scope of the review to ensure the review provides positive outcomes for workers—solutions to the issues you are experiencing, better pay, ensuring your safety at work and the opportunity to advance in your career supporting pupils in school.

Read on to find out about the opportunities to have your say and influence the review.

If you have any questions or comments about the review please submit them in the comment box at the bottom of the page.

Former employees, claim your pay

Those that have left the Council that worked there between 1 April and 3 December 2023 must complete the leavers pay claim form to receive their back pay.

The deadline for doing this is 9 January so get your claim in as soon as possible to ensure you receive your pay.

Events in November

We are hosting an in-person event on 17 November to work with Unite members, and yet to be unionised workers that are in scope for the review.

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Ballot results are in—Unite and GMB accept, Unison reject

Unite accepts COSLA pay deal with 72% in favour

Members of all unions of the Scottish Joint Council—Unite, Unison and GMB—have now had their say on the latest COSLA pay offer:

  • Unite have accepted the deal, with 72% of members in favour.
  • Unison have rejected the deal, with 89% rejecting.
  • GMB have accepted, with 62%.

Unison have promised further industrial action in schools before the end of the year, however details are yet to be publicised.

We now await COSLA’s response.

Pay update—members balloted on new offer

Unison strikes to go ahead.
Unite and GMB suspend their strike action.

COSLA submitted a new offer, noted as their ‘best and final’, on 21 September. Unite, Unison and GMB are balloting their members on the offer.

Unison are going ahead with their planned industrial action in schools next week and are recommending their members reject the offer.

Unite and GMB have suspended all industrial action while they ballot their members to see if they accept or reject the offer.

The offer

From 1 April 2023:

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Pay update—offer rejected and first wave of school strikes to go ahead

All schools in Edinburgh to close on 26, 27 and 28 September due to strike action

Unison members working in schools in Edinburgh will be on strike on 26, 27 and 28 September. This is the first wave of strikes in the fight for a fair pay deal for local government workers across Scotland, with workers in schools across Scotland striking on these dates.

Here, we address the frequently asked questions. Let us know if you have any others by commenting below and we’ll answer them here. We’ve split the details in to what is happening in Edinburgh and the national context.

In Edinburgh

What happens on the strike days?

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