Drop-in at South Queensferry Community Centre on 22 June

Questions about the industrial action ballot? Concerns at work? Come along to our drop-in at

South Queensferry Community Centre, School Lane, South Queensferry
Wednesday 22 June from 12 noon to 2pm.

Your branch officials and reps will be there to answer any questions you might have.

Drop-in at Leith Community Centre on 17 June

Questions about the industrial action ballot? Concerns at work? Come along to our drop-in at

Leith Community Centre at 12A Newkirkgate
Friday 17 June from 1pm to 4pm.

Your branch officials and reps will be there to answer any questions you might have.

Industrial action ballot announced—fight for fair pay now!

Ballot to strike over the 2% pay offer announced

Today, Unite announced that we are launching a ballot for industrial action in all Scottish local authorities.

Please see below for the notice of ballot for Edinburgh and information on what this means to you.

Notice to members of forthcoming industrial action ballot

The Union intends to conduct a ballot for industrial action of the following members: All members within the Waste Department and all members within the School Workplaces.
 
Voting papers will be sent out on the 10th of June 2022.

If you have not received a voting paper by the 24th of June, you should contact your workplace reps or the Edinburgh Office IMMEDIATELY.
 
The names of the members to be balloted are available by contacting your workplace reps or the Edinburgh Office. If you are entitled to vote in the ballot please check that you are on the list and that your address is accurately recorded.

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Take action to fight the COSLA living crisis

The COSLA Living Crisis—making the cost of living crisis hit council workers harder!

Within the next couple weeks, Unite are posting an industrial action ballot to all

  • waste and cleansing workers
  • staff in schools and early years—such as cleaners, janitors, pupil support assistants, early years practitioners etc.

If you work in either group, please ensure your job title, workplace and contact details are correct by checking MyUnite or calling the office on 0131 556 9676.

The pay offer

COSLA have dug their heels in with a 2% offer. Our pay claim is for £3,000 based on a 35 hour week, rather than the COSLA standard 37 hour week. Read the full pay claim.

Spreading the word

Over the past few weeks we’ve been busy highlighting the pathetic pay offer COSLA have proposed for Council workers. COSLA are proposing that council workers accept a 2% pay rise, which, in the face of record levels of inflation, hitting 11% last week, is a massive pay cut.

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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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