COSLA tables new offer following First Minister talks
Photo by Craig Maclean
Following a long series of negotiations, including talks with the First Minister, a new pay offer has been put to the unions. Unite, Unison and GMB have all decided to take the deal to their members to vote on.
While the consultative ballot is carried out, planned strike action is suspended.
Unite have recommended members accept this offer, on the basis that it is the best available through the current negotiations, as the Scottish Government has tabled it as a ‘best and final’ offer.
We recommend members consider this carefully, understand how it applies to them and think abut what action beyond this offer might look like and vote accordingly.
Edinburgh lead the way in industrial action over local government pay
On Thursday 18th, Unite members in Waste and Cleansing in Edinburgh will take industrial action over the insulting pay offer for local government workers.
On Friday, COSLA increased the offer from 2% to 3.5%. All three unions of the Scottish Joint Council—Unite, Unison and GMB—immediately rejected this insulting offer.
The NHS have been offered—and look set to reject—5%, so once again local government is treated as the poor relation of the public sector. Local government workers in England have been offered a rise of £1,925.
We are the first council to take action, with others following on the 24th—details below.
Below are links to some of the key media reactions to the 4th August announcement by Unite the Union that City of Edinburgh Council Waste Workers will take strike action during the Edinburgh festivals.
The Edinburgh Festivals can be difficult to navigate so here are some festival events that have been recommended to us as worthwhile. If you would like to recommend a show, comment on a show or write a review please do so using the “leave a reply” field at the foot of the page.
Beg For Me
Underbelly, Bristo Square, Venue 302: 3rd to 29th August, 1pm. Tickets from £7
Against the backdrop of the storming of the US Capitol this show explores themes of misogyny, Alt-Right and digital extremism.
Unite the Union gave notice today (4th August 2022) that members in Waste (Refuse Collection, Street Cleansing and Recycling Centres) will down tools as of 5am on 18th August and return to work from 4.59am on 30th August.
This action has been forced upon our branch members by the lack of any additional pay offer following the insulting 2% offer made in early spring and cost of living rises reducing the value of their pay.
Waste Workers in Edinburgh have no wish to cause disruption to citizens, tourists and businesses but have been left with no option following the radio silence from CoSLA and the only thing coming out of the scottish government being the old rhetoric of blaming Westminster. Our Waste Workers (Heroes of the Pandemic every one) know full well the scottish government has the capability to support our cash strapped councils to deliver a decent pay rise to council workers.
Further action will occur across Scotland as Unite members in other councils and other unions follow the lead of our Edinburgh Unite Waste Workers. and school workers look to commence their actions.