Local Government Pay

Update and Next Steps

Monday, 17th September 2018



Thanks to everyone who worked so hard in engaging members in the ONE Team campaign.  We delivered thousands of postcards to the COSLA President at our rally outside the meeting of COSL Leaders on the 31st August.


All of that hard work resulted in a revised pay offer being agreed by COSLA Leaders that day.  You can read the detail of that offer here.


The Local Government Committee met to consider the offer on Friday 7th September and agreed to recommend REJECTION of the offer when they consult members in the coming weeks.


There are a number of reasons for this recommendation which we outlined to the employer at the meeting of the Scottish Joint Council held on Friday 14th September and in writing following that meeting.  You can read the letter to the employer here.


Further updates will be posted here.

Please contact your workplace stewards for any questions. 





Joint Strike Action Notice for

East Dumbartonshire Council

Thursday, 30th August 2018



UNISON , UNITE and GMB trade unions served statutory notice on East Dunbartonshire Council for a day of all out strike action across all council departments on Wednesday 12 September 2018. Bin collections, school services, homecare services will be hit by further disruption.

UNISON has also served notice to East Dunbartonshire Leisure & Culture Trust so library and leisure services will also be affected.

Four days of strike action took place earlier this year between 21 and 26 June 2018 which caused major disruption. Strikes planned for 12 to 15 July were suspended to allow further negotiations.

The dispute centres on proposed changes to conditions of service and pension provision.

Simon Macfarlane, UNISON regional organiser said: “Since July constructive talks between the council and unions has resolved issues on annual leave; overtime payments; unsocial hours payments. However UNISON members emphatically rejected the council's latest pensions voluntary redundancy package, in a ballot.

We held helpful talks on Wednesday 29 July 2018 with East Dunbartonshire council joint leaders councillor Vaughan Moody and councillor Andrew Polson. However we have still not resolved this final issue so we are now required to serve notice of further strikes and a continuing work to rule.

The unions are ready to hold further talks to avoid further strikes and the disruption to service users. We are extremely close to a full settlement of all outstanding issues and hopefully the leadership of the council can complete the successful negotiating process with some urgency"

Kenny Jordan, UNITE said: "Unite regret having to serve strike action notice, due to legal timeframes, however, Unite remain hopeful that continued constructive dialogue with the council can lay the way to minimise the disruption to our members and the public."




UNISON Equality Survey - enter with a chance to win three nights at Croyde Bay Holiday Resort

Monday, 20th August 2018


Complete the UNISON equality survey –and you could win three nights for two people at Croyde Bay Holiday Resort!

Last year a fantastic 11,500 members completed our equality survey, and we used the results to brief our service groups and self-organised groups on key equality issues for their bargaining and organising agendas.

Take the 2018 Equality survey now: http://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90068250/Equality-Survey-2018


It takes 5-10 minutes to complete. You can complete it anonymously if you want – but please note you can’t be in the prize draw if we don’t have an email address for you!

The survey closes on Monday 27 August.



It’s ONE team – we all deserve fair pay

Monday, 13th August 2018



UNISON is continuing its campaign for fair pay for ALL local government workers. 




This is now being extended to the whole of the local government membership. A new postcard has been posted out to branches and should be available in most workplaces.

We are asking all members to send the postcard to the President of COSLA before the next meeting of COSLA leaders on 31 August.

Any improvement to the pay offer would have to be put to, and signed off at, this meeting, so the intention is to ensure they know members’ strength of feeling before any decisions are taken.

For news and updates on Local Government pay negotiations, check in at the UNISON Scotland home page.


Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 21st February 2018 


Thank you to all members who came along to the 2018 UNISON AGM. The event was well attended and insightful, with the Leader and Deput Leader of South Ayrshire Council giving a presentation on their vision for the future of the Council. 






Budget Process



As part of the budget process the elected members have agreed to set up a budget working group, including representatives from:

  • · UNISON
  • · Unite/ Craft
  • · EIS
  • · GMB

We have received assurances by the Chief Executive that full consultation will take place during all service reviews. This gives us the chance to ensure due process is followed and the policies are applied fairly and consistently.

A budget meeting is planned for 19th of February and we will update our members shortly after on any appropriate points.




No Compulsory Redundancies


We must bear in mind, change is coming. Through appropriate consultation and working together we can minimise the effect on staff.

Additionally, the council has agreed to a no compulsory redundancy pledge. This gives assurances that “anyone who is displaced from their post as a result of any agreed saving proposal, and who wants to remain in the Council’s employment, will have the opportunity to do so, and will be offered the most appropriate post that is available at the time”.

This position is supported by UNISON South Ayrshire, and we are keen to work with the administration to ensure this policy is applied evenly and appropriately.




Work Place Meetings


Over recent weeks, UNISON stewards have been carrying out workplace meetings. Further meetings are planned and we want to assure members that work specific meetings will be set up during all service reviews.

If you feel you need a workplace meeting, please discuss it with your nearest steward. If you are unsure who that is, contact the branch office for more information.