Stirling UNISON members not only met the ballot threshold but also demonstrated a massive strength of feeling on the pay offer with close to 95 % voting to take industrial action if needed to gain an improved offer.
The UNISON Stirling Branch would like to thank all our members that were balloted and voted in the ballot giving us this mandate to fight for a fair pay deal for all Local Government Workers across Scotland.
Local Government workers in Scotland have been offered one of the worst public sector pay offers. This is unacceptable.
Local Government workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been made an offer of on average close to 5 %, which is a flat rate increase of £1925 on all pay points, UNISON responded to that offer with “it’s not enough to make up for a decade and more of lost wages.”
NHS workers in Scotland have been offered 5% and are being balloted with a UNISON recommendation to reject.
If you need to be reminded the pay offer in Scotland, 2%, saw the majority of the workforce being offered only £500.
UNISON Scotland LG committee and Branch secretaries will be meeting this week to discuss next steps.
Now we have a mandate for Industrial Action we will keep all members up to date going forward. We will be holding members meetings with members in those services taking action to discuss further detail. We will also be holding meetings with services not taking action and engaging them on how to support striking members that are taking action on their behalf.