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11 May 2012

UNISON welcomes Edinburgh Labour and SNP coalition pledges

Click here for the Labour/SNP agreement and pledges (pdf)

UNISON Edinburgh Branch has welcomed commitments revealed in the Labour and SNP coalition agreement for Edinburgh Council.

"While there are areas where we need more detail and would be seeking engagement with the administration, we welcome their commitments on a living wage, no compulsory redundancies and closer consultation with staff and unions", said John Stevenson Branch President.

The union particularly welcomes the agreement's commitment to:-

1. a Living Wage of £7.20 for council staff and their wish to encourage this in contractors and subsidiaries
2. establish a policy of no compulsory redundancies
3. work in partnership with the unions
4. an apprentice programme
5. keep Lothian Buses public

"Despite the serious financial challenges the council will face, these are the most positive commitments we have seen from an incoming administration in a very long time", added Mr Stevenson.

The branch is seeking an early meeting with the council to discuss these and other commitments.

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