See UNISON Edinburgh’s new newsletter here on the pay ballot running from 9 to 29 September 2014. The ballot asks members whether they are prepared to take strike action to force the employers to respect the joint negotiating machinery and return to the negotiating table.
The Scottish Employers have imposed a pay award of 1% from 1 April 2014. And they have refused to negotiate on UNISON’s claim for this period which was:
- An additional £1 per hour for all staff conditioned to the Scottish Joint Council scheme.
- Consolidation of the Living Wage
- Deletion of spinal column points below the level of the Living Wage
This action by the employers is unacceptable and shows a blatant disregard for the agreed bargaining structures and threatens the future of nationally agreed pay awards.
Branch Secretary, Amanda Kerr, said “Over the last few years we have witnessed a drop in real terms to our wages while the cost of living has increased significantly.
“Our members, who work tirelessly providing vital public services across Edinburgh deserve nothing less than fair pay and it is a complete insult to impose one per cent. We also want to get back to proper negotiations and the agreed bargaining machinery.”