Date: 20 August 2008
Action will go on until council staff get fair
UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis told Edinburgh
Council UNISON members today that the industrial
action which crippled council services today will
continue until staff get fair pay.
The action will continue "until the employers who
haven't talked to us for three months, come back
round the negotiating table and talk about the real
issues affecting their workers - the issue of not
being able to pay the bills", said Mr Prentis.
"I believe the public understand the frustration
at an offer that would lock council workers into
a 2.5% pay offer for three years, when inflation
is way ahead of that and rising. Yet the employers
have failed to invite us back to talk to them since
before the strike ballot was called," he added.
Edinburgh UNISON has welcomed the 'resounding' response
from its members to the strike. "
The resounding response to the strike shows just
how angry our members are at taking what is a pay
cut when the cost of living is soaring. Members
always respond well in Edinburgh but this time the
support for the action has surpassed even our expectations",
said John Stevenson, Edinburgh Branch President.
"The public response on the picket lines has been
fantastic. They clearly understand the fairness
of our case. Our low paid members cannot go on subsidising
UNISON will now make representations to the full
council on Thursday 21 August calling on it to urge
CoSLA to reopen talks. We will also be calling on
the First Minister Alex Salmond to take his responsibility
and ensure the money is made available for a fair
Further Information John Ross, UNISON Service
Conditions Convenor 0131 220 5655, 0781 549 1559
John Stevenson, Branch President 07876 795 018
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