Strike action secures improved offer for local government workers


Unions representing local government workers in Scotland – UNISON, Unite and GMB – have suspended strike action while they consult members over an improved pay offer from the employers. The three unions are recommending acceptance of a deal that would provide a £2000 (€2310) annual pay rise for the lowest paid; £1,925 (€2225) for those earning between £20,500-£39,000 (€23700-€45000); a 5% increase for those earning between £39,000-£60,000 (€45000-€69360); and a maximum increase of £3000 (€3470) for the highest paid. The pay increases will be based on a 36-hour rather than 37-hour week and are worth between 5% and 10%. There will also be an extra day’s leave. Meanwhile, strike action in other parts of the public sector are possible as trade unions ballot members over pay and other issues including in the health service (UNISON and RCN) and central government (PCS).

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