GMB Scotland members are in Forfar for today’s meeting of COSLA leaders, where local government pay is on the agenda. The offer on the table, that 92% of GMB Scotland’s 30,000 members in local government have rejected, gives a bigger cash increase to Chief Executives on six figure salaries than those actually providing our services. After a DECADE of austerity, we’ve got a question for Scottish council leaders; why are we, the workers who clean your schools, care for your elderly, sweep your streets and empty your bins, worth less than you?
Our members in local government will be stepping up their campaign for a fair and equal pay offer tomorrow, with a lobby of the COSLA Leaders meeting in Forfar. GMB Scotland's ballot of our 30,000 members in local government returned a 92% rejection of the pay offer, a strong mandate to insist that the COSLA leaders to do more for the lowest paid council workers. Under the existing offer, the pay rises for staff earning over £80,000 a year in local government will be up to eight times greater than the average carer, cleaner or caterer – that is absolutely shameful. GMB's Senior Organiser for Public Services, Drew Duffy, said "It cannot be right that after a decade of cuts to pay and conditions that the highest earners in local government receive the biggest cash lift. This offer is blatantly unfair and unequal which is why it was so resoundingly rejected by our members. The message we will give to council leaders and chief executives as they walk through the door is simple: Our members are delivering your core services - you must do more for the lowest paid in our local authorities and bring forward an improved offer for their consultation.” MORE: http://bit.ly/COSLALobby
We are starting to survey our members working in schools. Our current campaign is tackling violence towards P.S.A. Staff Working in Aberdeenshire schools. Please help us address this growing problem by filling out our survey.
✊ Stephanie Peacock MP is right - the Government should ensure ALL workers on ALL shifts have the right to the National Minimum Wage; including care workers on sleep-ins. Thanks for raising this in Parliament today. Agree? Hit share👇
GMB Scotland members rejected COSLA’s pay offer by a resounding 92%. They rejected this offer on the basis that we cannot allow those earning over £80,000 a year to get as much as eight times more than what the majority of our members can expect from a 3% rise – that’s unfair and unequal. That’s the message personally delivered by GMB Scotland member Shona Thompson, a Home Carer in Cordia Services Glasgow, to the Finance Secretary Derek Mackay on Tuesday 26 June, during talks at the Scottish Parliament. See the latest update from our meeting with Derek Mackay here: http://bit.ly/COSLAPayUpdate
This is the untold story of Scottish education and the truth is shocking. GMB Scotland believes that in NO workplace should violence and aggression be accepted as "normal". Melanie Greenhalgh, North-East Regional Organiser for GMB Scotland, said "I would like more Pupil Support Assistants to speak out – some of them told me incidents can take place five or six times a day, and some assaults can really be quite nasty”. If you work as a Pupil Support Assistant and have faced violence and abuse at work, message us and support GMB Scotland's campaign to urgently tackle this growing crisis.
Please find below details of a rally with regards to WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality). This isn't just an event for women. WASPI Scottish Regional Rally Saturday 14th July 2018 The Kelpies & Helix Park Falkirk KY2 9EE 12-3pm
92% OF GMB MEMBERS REJECT THE COSLA PAY OFFER! Following a consultative ballot of our 30,000 members in local government, 92% of GMB members have voted to reject the COSLA pay offer. The offer would increase the pay of the highest grades in local government by £1,600, while staff on the lowest grades would only get between £250 and £600. Despite this, Derek Mackay thinks this offer gives council workers ‘equal value’. Do COSLA and the Scottish Government really think that a council chief executive is worth £1,000 more than a home care worker, bin collector or school cleaner? SHARE if you agree that our members deserve better. For more information: http://bit.ly/RejectCOSLA
📢 1 WEEK LEFT TO RETURN YOUR COSLA BALLOT 📢 We have been balloting our members in local government since the 7th of May, urging them to REJECT the COSLA pay offer for 2018/19. GMB simply cannot recommend a deal that increases the pay of the highest grades by £1,600 while staff on the lowest grades get between £250 and £600. Is a Chief Executive worth £1,000 more than a home care worker, bin collector or school cleaner? GMB doesn’t think so. If you agree with us, you've only got one week left to return your ballot paper, REJECTING the COSLA pay offer. You deserve better! Let’s bring COSLA and the Scottish Government back to the negotiating table and deliver a fairer offer for the lowest paid in local government. SHARE and spread the word! 📢
GMB reps will be visiting Aberdeenshire council workplaces between now and Friday 15th of June to ballot on the pay offer. If you are not balloted in your workplace then you will receive a postal vote.
How cold is your boss? 🌬️☃️❄️ Our friends over at Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) are looking for people to fill out this survey about their employers actions and responses to the recent red alert extreme weather. If you have 2 mins please fill it out! #beastfromtheasthttps://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/coldboss