Living wage consolidation update

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.

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