Pay update—no response from COSLA

Vote in the consultative ballot!

The unions rejected COSLA’s initial pay offer at the end of February and have waiting for a response since. The pay implementation date was 1 April and still no further offer has been received.

Read all posts on the 2022 pay claim

Watch out for your ballot

Today Unite will begin balloting our members to find out

  • if you accept or reject COSLA’s offer of 2%
  • if you would take industrial action to get a better pay deal.

This is a consultative ballot and will come by email—if you have provided us one—text or post. A consultative ballot simply asks for information, the industrial action ballot comes later. Learn about ballots.

Keep an eye out for this and make sure to vote. It is essential that all of our members vote so we can get a better pay deal.

The ballot will close on 22 April.

Our letter to COSLA

The unions of the Scottish Joint Council (SJC—Unite, Unison and GMB) wrote to COSLA on 1 April.

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Unite rejects COSLA’s ‘derisory pay offer’

All unions reject the insulting initial offer and call for COSLA to demand funding from the Scottish Government

Last week, Unite met with COSLA to discuss the pay offer for 2022/23. The offer was

  • a minimum rate of £9.98
  • 2% increase on all spinal column points.

We agreed that going to the members with a consultative ballot on this insulting offer would be a waste of time. We are confident you would refuse such an offer, which is effectively a pay cut of around 6%.

We called on COSLA to consider

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Budget Day demo—united in our call to invest in Council workers and jobs

On Thursday, we braved the chill and snow to demonstrate outside the City Chambers in solidarity with fellow trade unionists, activists and concerned citizens as the Council met to approve next year’s budget.

Read the budget papers and watch a webcast of the budget meeting, which includes the full deputations summarised below.

The Council have delivered a balanced budget for 2022/23, thanks to an underspend in 2021/22 and a 3% Council Tax rise, however the forecast for the years following looks bleak, with a gap in 2023/24 of around £55m with this gap increasing around £25m each year thereafter. The Council have said there must be a ‘robust savings plan’—which we know by now, translates to more cuts.

The demonstrators sought to raise awareness of the impact of cuts and call for measures to tackle the crises we face today that will be worsened by further cuts and by failing to change how the Council delivers services. We need a shake up and we need it now.

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Cost of Living Crisis Demo: report

Dozens of Unite members joined around 150 protestors at the protest organised by Another Edinburgh is Possible on 12th February 2022 in front of the UK Government Buildings at Sibbald Walk, just beside our Council Headquarters at Waverley Court.

Speakers included politicians, community activists and trade unionists. Our Unite CEC branch secretary made a promise to the governor of the Bank of England “if you reduce the cost of living I will ask our members to consider reducing their pay demands,” after highlighting the low pay (and short hours) of some 150,000 Local Government Workers across Scotland (some 10,000 in our city) and the disastrous effect of National Insurance increases, energy hikes, fuel, clothing and food costs rising that would impoverish workers and make our council cut even more jobs and services.