GMB Scotland in Local Government – 93% Acceptance of COSLA Pay Offer Following the close of our consultative ballot and subsequent count conducted by your reps yesterday in Glasgow, we can confirm that 93 per cent of GMB members voted to accept the offer, which delivers the following: 2018/19 - increase of 3.5 per cent (capped at £80,000, on or above which a flat rate of £1600 will apply) 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent. 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent. Your 2018/19 increase will be fully backdated to April 1st 2018. GMB will work with your employer to ensure you receive your backdated entitlement as soon as practically possible. The deal consolidates the living wage, ensures an increase of 6.5 per cent this year (3.5 per cent for 2018 plus 3 per cent for 2019), and the value of this deal is greater than what was implemented in NHS Scotland. These negotiations have been long and difficult and I would like to thank you for your participation and patience over the last year. Through our previous ballots we faced down a pay imposition and a further offer that continued to ignore the lowest paid. Last year COSLA said that their first offer was their only offer, so be in no doubt that without your efforts this deal would have been of less value to the front-line staff who need it most. I want to stress to you that our work is never done. Local government faces significant challenges in the face of Brexit uncertainty, continued austerity on our budgets and attacks on the terms and conditions of front-line staff and their services. Campaigning is a constant action for us and the defence of your interests does not start and stop with pay negotiations. Whether it’s fighting attacks on the pay of home carers in Dundee or tackling workplace abuse of school support staff in Aberdeenshire, our work continues.
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We surveyed our Pupil Support Assistants in Aberdeenshire Council. ❌ > 90% have been on the receiving end of abuse. ❌ > 80% have received no training on how to report incidents. ❌ > 75% have had no feedback on incidents they have reported. Schools must be safe places of work, and we cannot sit back and normalise violence and aggression.
Branch Meeting dates for 2019 Venue: Ellon Community Campus,Ellon, Aberdeenshire. Times: 2.00pm to 3.00pm Saturday 23rd February 2019 Saturday 25th May 2019 Saturday 31st August 2019 Saturday 30th November 2019 All branch members are welcome to attend.
GMB Scotland in Local Government – Important COSLA Pay Update This weekend school teachers may move to a strike ballot if they reject a pay offer which is greater than any proposal made or deal agreed elsewhere in Scotland’s public sector. On Monday, NHS staff, now locked into a three year deal, will be balloted over reforms to their terms and conditions of employment that would result in cuts to real terms pay. And on Tuesday the UK parliament will vote on the Brexit deal which will have profound consequences for the future of public finances – just days after Derek Mackay warned of further cuts to Scottish frontline services. So why would we rush in on a three year offer when other public sector workers could receive a significantly higher award than council workers and when the future economic outlook is so uncertain? We want to exhaust every possible avenue of negotiation because in the event of a rejection the next step is a full strike action ballot of our members in local government. Full update here: http://bit.ly/COSLAPayLatest
A BIG thank you to all our brilliant heroes working in public services this Christmas, who selflessly give up time with their families to take care of those in need. Thank our public sector heroes, by sharing our message 👇
Yesterday, GMB Scotland received a revised offer from COSLA concerning local government pay. Progress has been made, as it stands this offer would surpass the value of the NHS deal, but there are still concerns about how this latest proposal is weighted across the local government pay grades. After a decade of cuts and against the backdrop of Brexit uncertainty, it is vital we get this deal right to ensure work genuinely pays for staff on the front line of local government.
Ahead of today’s Scottish Government budget, GMB Scotland’s Kirsty Nimmo sent a clear message to Derek Mackay, the Scottish government and COSLA - your offer to local government workers is unfair and unequal, and you must do more for those providing frontline services. Agree with us? Share with your colleagues and join the fight for a fair settlement for local government workers.
An overwhelming majority (85%) of GMB Scotland's 30,000 strong local government membership has voted in favour of industrial action to secure a better pay offer. In light of this, we've issued a warning to COSLA; vital services cannot run without staff, make work pay for them! GMB Scotland Senior Organiser Drew Duffy said: “It’s all well and good for COSLA to call for more money from the Scottish Government to defend services, but they won’t have services to run unless they do more for struggling staff at the coal face of delivery. “After a decade of cuts we can all get behind a fairer funding model for our vital local services but it also requires COSLA to bring forward a credible offer that actually helps make work pay for staff who need it the most.” MORE: http://bit.ly/COSLAResult
THE LAST DAY TO HAVE YOUR SAY Tomorrow, the GMB ballot on industrial action in local government to secure a better pay offer will close. Today is your LAST CHANCE to return your vote and have your say. 92% of GMB members rejected the initial offer on the basis that it was unfair and unequal. After a decade of austerity, it is not credible to offer the biggest cash rises to the Chief Executives and the "top brass", who are already on huge salaries. Despite making more money available for this year's pay deal, NOT A PENNY of this new money has been directed to those on the lowest pay grades. We need to bring COSLA back to the table with an offer that values those workers that need it most, those on the front line who work every day to keep our local services running. That's why we're asking you to vote YES for industrial action. Agree with us? Speak to your colleagues and encourage them to get their YES vote in the post TODAY!
GMB Scotland member in local government? The ballot for industrial action to secure a better pay offer is well underway, and you should soon receive your ballot, either in your workplace or through the post. 92% of GMB members rejected the initial offer from COSLA on the basis that it was unfair and unequal, handing the biggest cash rises to the "top brass", the Chief Executives who are already on huge salaries. In light of this, the latest offer is an insult. Despite making more money available for this year's pay deal, NOT A PENNY of this new money has been directed to those on the lowest pay grades. The original offer was unfair and unequal, this latest offer stretches the local government pay gap yet wider. That's why we're asking you to vote YES for industrial action, and bring COSLA back to the table with an offer that values those workers that need it most after a decade of austerity. Agree with us? Share with your colleagues and encourage them to vote YES!
LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY UPDATE GMB Scotland members rejected COSLA's initial pay offer by an overwhelming majority of 92% in our previous consultative ballot. This was on the basis of the initial offer being unfair and unequal. We called on COSLA to do more for those on the lowest pay, as we don't feel it's fair, equal or even credible to offer an average pay increase of £600 to Home Carers, Refuse and Recycling Workers, School Cleaners and Support Staff, while offering £1,600 to the "top brass", the Chief Executives. Our members have been ignored. The new proposal offers 3% to everyone earning up to £80,000, and a flat rate of £1,600 to those earning over £80,000 - so for anyone earning below £36,500 the offer is IDENTICAL to the one you've already rejected earlier this year. After ten years of cuts to pay and after a massive rejection of the original offer, it's clear that COSLA is treating our members across local government with total contempt. The original offer was unfair and unequal, the latest offer makes the inequality even WORSE - stretching the gap between the best paid and the rest even wider. That's why we're asking you to vote YES for industrial action. We need to make COSLA think again and come back to the table with a better offer for those that need it most. Support our campaign for a fair pay rise in local government? Get more information and posters for your workplace here: https://bit.ly/2Qlhup0