Municipal workers set to strike across Scotland


The three main local government unions in Scotland – UNISON, Unite and GMB – have given notice of strike action on the five days 8-12 November. Initially members employed in school cleaning, school catering, school janitorial, waste, recycling and fleet maintenance services will be called out at the start of what could be an escalating period of action if the employers do not come up with a better pay offer. Highlighting the increased workloads and risks faced by many council workers during the pandemic, the unions argue that their members are at breaking point and are worth more than what is on offer. According to the unions over 55% of local government workers earn below £25000 (€29500) per year and the current offer does not even bring the lowest paid workers up to £10 (€11.80) per hour.

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