On Monday we opened a consultative ballot for all our members across the City of Edinburgh Council to see if you would take action over the
- loss of the ‘no compulsory redundancy’ pledge
- threat of outsourcing and privatisation.
Both of these are potential consequences of the Lib Dem budget that was passed by the Council on 23 February. Read our post on the budget for details.
This is a consultative ballot to check if members would take action. This is not an industrial action ballot, which would lead to action. Read about different ballots.
We need to show that we will not sit back and accept cuts to jobs and services, so vote as soon as you receive your ballot. The ballot closes on 2 April.
How you receive your ballot
If we have an email on file for you, you will receive this by email.
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On 8 March we celebrate International Women’s Day, when we highlight the fight for gender equality and advocate for the rights of women in the workplace, in the community and across society as a whole.
Key facts in the Council
69% of workers in the City of Edinburgh Council are women. This is 67% of local government employees and 78% of teachers.
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What happened, what it means for workers and how we will fight
On Thursday 23 February, Council met to agree the budget for 2023/24. With toxic tribalism the order of the day, councillors voted along party lines and it came down to three rounds of voting to agree a budget, with the Lib Dem budget being agreed. For the Housing Revenue Account, the administration budget motion was carried.
Read on for details of the day, what the budget means to you and how we are fighting back against it.
Watch the budget meeting
Read the key documents:
See the other budget papers.
Through every season the crowd of ragged-trousered philanthropists continued to toil and sweat at their noble and unselfish task of making Edinburgh run…
The day started with a strong demonstration outside the City Chambers, with far greater numbers than in recent years, where Unite, Unison, EIS, NASUWT, the Edinburgh TUC and community, political and activist groups stood together against further cuts.
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Join us on Thursday from 8:30am to protest the Council Budget
On Thursday, the Council will meet to approve its budget for 2023/24. The proposals look set to make around £18m worth of cuts, including axing Education Welfare Officers and Speech Language Therapists and forcing citizens to use online channels as part of a ‘digital by default’ approach.
Furthermore, the budget only accounts for a 3% pay rise for council workers, at a time where inflation stands at 13.4% with food prices having increased by 17% in the past year and mortgage rates and rent skyrocketing.
Read the budget papers
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Unions call for £15 per hour minimum rate and a pay rise of 12% or £4,000
On 26 January, the Scottish Joint Council (SJC – Unite, Unison and GMB) submitted its pay claim for local government workers to COSLA.
The pay claim is
- a minimum rate of pay of £15 per hour
- an increase of 12% or £4,000, whichever is greater,
- pay based on a 35-hour week
- no less than parity with other local government bargaining groups, such as teachers
- expectation to implement the pay away by 1 April.
Other aspects include
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Every cut in care makes the NHS bleed
Another Edinburgh is Possible is hosting an online public meeting on the crisis in care in Edinburgh on Saturday 4 March at 3pm. We’ll hear from
- Nick Kempe on the the roots of the problems with social care in Scotland
- a care worker
- a nurse.
There will be lots of time for contributions and discussion.
Register for the Crisis in Care meeting
See the Crisis in Care Facebook event
Find out more about Another Edinburgh is Possible at anotheredinburghispossible.org
You were recently surveyed on the terms of our pay claim for 2023. The results are in and Unite’s demands are listed below.
Unite’s pay claim for 2023 is below. This will be put to Unison and GMB, so we can agree what the unions’ pay claim to put to COSLA will be.
Unite calls for:
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