Aberdeenshire Council set to be hit by industrial action
Unite has confirmed that 26 local authorities are set to face industrial action after staff rejected what they described as a ‘derisory’ 2 per cent pay offer.
Unite will be finalising the strike dates in the coming week with action in refuse and waste services expected to begin in mid-August.
Action specifically impacting schools is expected to begin in early September.
Unite has repeatedly warned both the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) that the current 2 per cent offer is unacceptable amid the deepening cost of living crisis and with inflation soaring to 11.8 per cent.
It has welcomed movement by COSLA in calling for a higher pay offer of 5 per cent if the Scottish Government allocates extra cash to fund an improved pay offer.
However, the trade union is demanding that council leaders fight harder for a fairer share for local government workers.
Commenting on the situation, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “The message for both the Scottish Government and COSLA is crystal clear: thousands upon thousands of members won’t tolerate real terms pay cuts anymore, and they have had enough.
"Our members are being forced to take this action due to a derisory pay offer, and we will support them in this fight for better jobs, pay and conditions in local government.”