Pay strike 2022

Council workers take action to win a decent pay rise

Local government workers across Scotland are taking industrial action over pay from August 2022. Read the latest news on the pay dispute.

Local government worker pay is negotiated between COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, and the Scottish Joint Council, which consists of Unite, Unison and GMB.

COSLA offered 2%. After 5 months, with the looming threat of strike, they increased this to an equally measly 3.5%. These offers were immediately rejected by the unions—such figures are an insult when inflation stands around 11%, with projections to hit to 13% by the end of the year.

The unions’ pay claim is for £3,000 based on a 35-hour week. Read the full claim.

Unite have a mandate to take strike action in waste in 26 local authorities and in schools in 15 local authorities, plus Tayside Contracts, which covers Perth and Kinross.

First wave: Edinburgh

Edinburgh is the first council taking action, with workers in Waste and Cleansing who are members of Unite and GMB striking from 5am on 18 August to 4:59am on 30 August.

See the locations and times of the picket lines.

Donate to the strike fund to help out.

Members, read the FAQ.

Second wave: 14 councils

Unite members in 14 councils will strike from 6am on 24 August to 5:59am on 1 September. The councils are:

  • Aberdeen City
  • Angus
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Dundee
  • East Ayrshire
  • East Lothian
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Falkirk
  • Glasgow
  • Highland
  • Inverclyde
  • South Ayrshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • West Lothian

Further action

Until COSLA obtains funding from the Scottish Government to offer a proper pay rise, action will continue with the mandates we have in waste and schools.