UNISON Stirling Branch Local Government Pay Briefing
UNISON has sent notice to Stirling Council, and all other local authorities of its intent to ballot for industrial action over pay and the failure to make an acceptable pay offer for this year.
Our pay claim was submitted in February in good time for an offer to be made in time for the implementation date of 1st April.
Only one offer has been made thus far, despite our rejection. The 2% offered to all employees, absolutely ignoring that inflation is currently sitting at 9% and expected to increase further. This is a pay cut in real terms.
There is no recognition of the cost of living crisis affecting everyone and certainly no recognition of the work you have and continue to do throughout the pandemic. Supporting the public and ensuring the people who rely on our services were supported through one of the hardest times in their lives.
This offer of 2% does not even come close to the Scottish Government Pay Policy, even so inflation has run rampant since that was developed.
Remember councillors were given a 5.2% increase to their annual allowance.
We are conducting what is deemed a disaggregated ballot, with individual ballots being held in each local authority at the same time with the same groups of workers.
We will be balloting all Waste, School Staff and Early Years Staff.
These groups of workers have been selected to have the maximum effect disrupting services to bring the employer back round the table. Scottish Government funds councils and we need them to increase funding to councils so we also have to get their attention.
We are asking all Waste, School and Early Years’ staff to look out for your ballot paper in the post, it will be in a blue envelope.
It is vitally important that you complete it and post it in the envelope provided.
Trade unions are required by law to deliver a 50% response rate before we can take any action.
If we do not deliver 50% our members are showing our employers and the Scottish Government that they do not care about pay and our employers will know that we cannot deliver and our strength to negotiate decent pay for you will be gone. Poor pay will be a thing of the future.
By voting in the ballot and returning your paper you will be influencing your own pay and the pay of every other council worker for years to come
Every single ballot counts, even if you don’t want to support the action it is essential you return your ballot paper. We do not want to be short of the 50% by one vote.
Staff not included in this ballot it is essential that your fellow workers feel supported, they are voting on taking action for all our pay.
We need you to promote this action and encourage those being balloted to return their papers.
If you are in the position to, we ask you to consider donating to our strike fund, to ensure that workers taking action on behalf of all of us are not out of pocket.
Remember it is time for every one of us to step up. To ensure that both Councils and Scottish Government
- Recognise, our workforce
- Respect the work you do in supporting our communities
- Reward you for the work you do
As ever we welcome questions and comments from everyone
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