Pay deal to be in place from 21 December pay
COSLA Leaders met on Friday and agreed to impose the latest pay offer.
The Council have confirmed that this will be implemented and staff will receive their backpay in the 21 December pay. Read Andrew Kerr’s update, which includes the new salaries and hourly rates.
The latest offer is the same as the previous, but the uplift for some workers (GR5 to the bottom of GR11) that they were due to receive from January 2024, will now be for the full year from April 2023.
Unison have suspended all strike action while they consult their members on this offer. The Unison ballot closes on 28 November. Unison nationally are recommending their members accept the offer, but branches—such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee—are recommending reject.
Get ready for next year
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Unison members in schools are striking on Wednesday 8 November in their on-going dispute over the national pay deal for all council workers.
Read about when others are on strike for information.
We met with HR today to discuss arrangements, which are still to be confirmed pending risk assessments of all schools. We will post any arrangements here as soon as they are confirmed.
Unite members have accepted the pay offer on the table. We are in talks with COSLA this week, where we will be urging COSLA to ensure the pay deal is implemented as soon as possible, to ensure workers have the much-needed backpay in time for Christmas.
Read the Council’s web page about the strike.
Primary schools, special schools and early years classes within schools will be closed. We await the arrangements for workers in these schools.
Secondary schools are open, with some ‘partially’ open. We await confirmation of what this means and arrangements for non-striking workers.
Standalone early years establishments are not affected by the strike, as Unison did not ballot these workers.
Unite accepts COSLA pay deal with 72% in favour
Members of all unions of the Scottish Joint Council—Unite, Unison and GMB—have now had their say on the latest COSLA pay offer:
- Unite have accepted the deal, with 72% of members in favour.
- Unison have rejected the deal, with 89% rejecting.
- GMB have accepted, with 62%.
Unison have promised further industrial action in schools before the end of the year, however details are yet to be publicised.
We now await COSLA’s response.
Unison strikes to go ahead.
Unite and GMB suspend their strike action.
COSLA submitted a new offer, noted as their ‘best and final’, on 21 September. Unite, Unison and GMB are balloting their members on the offer.
Unison are going ahead with their planned industrial action in schools next week and are recommending their members reject the offer.
Unite and GMB have suspended all industrial action while they ballot their members to see if they accept or reject the offer.
From 1 April 2023:
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All schools in Edinburgh to close on 26, 27 and 28 September due to strike action
Unison members working in schools in Edinburgh will be on strike on 26, 27 and 28 September. This is the first wave of strikes in the fight for a fair pay deal for local government workers across Scotland, with workers in schools across Scotland striking on these dates.
Here, we address the frequently asked questions. Let us know if you have any others by commenting below and we’ll answer them here. We’ve split the details in to what is happening in Edinburgh and the national context.
What happens on the strike days?
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Unite members working in schools and early years now have a mandate to strike in 12 councils across Scotland. GMB similarly have a mandate to strike in 10 councils. Unison’s ballot closed on 25 August and they have a mandate to strike in 24 councils. This means there are strike mandates for 25 of Scotland’s 32 councils.
The three unions will meet at the end of the month to discuss the plan for industrial action in the fight for this year’s pay deal. The offer on the table is the first one COSLA made—between 5 and 7% depending on where you are on the pay scale.
In Edinburgh, we didn’t get the 50% turnout required in order to strike. Neither did the GMB.
Unison’s ballot closed on 25 August and they have achieved a mandate to strike.
Members should read our guide on what to do when others are on strike to understand their rights and what they can do to support the strikers.
Councils that may strike
The list below shows which unions have a mandate to strike in which council. Some Unite councils are reballoting members, so this may grow:
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First strike wave over council pay to hit Glasgow on 3 August
In June, Unite, Unison and the GMB balloted local government members to take action to disrupt the World Cycling Championships 2023, which take place across Scotland from 3 to 13 August. GMB and Unite now have mandates to strike, covering parking wardens and staff at the Emirates area.
The event kicks off in Glasgow 0n the 3rd, when the first day of industrial will take place. Read about Unite’s strike action.
The purpose of the industrial action is to bring the Scottish Government to the table to improve the pay offer. COSLA have had ample opportunity go to the government to request funding to improve the offer on the table, but they have refused to do so. The current offer averages between a 5.5 and 7.5% pay increase for council workers. With inflation (RPI) sitting at 10.7% and food inflation around 20%, this amounts to a real-terms pay cut and further devalues council worker jobs, following over a decade of pay cuts.
The cycle race is the first wave of strike action to get a fair pay deal for council workers. The second wave will be schools.
The ballot for all workers in schools opened on 19 June and closes on 31 July.
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