Members of the local government trade unions – UNISON, Unite and GMB – have voted to reject a 2% pay offer from the employers in Scotland and to support industrial action. The unions argue that the offer is well below inflation and fails to take account of the long-term loss in purchasing power. It is also, particularly for low-paid workers, well below the £1925 (€2300) flat-rate increase on offer to council workers in England and Wales which would be worth 10.5% for the lowest paid and around 4% for top grades. UNISON and the GMB are consulting over their response to the offer but Unite has decided to reject it.
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