UNISON has suspended strike action planned for October 21st and will consult its members on an improved offer put forward by the Scottish employers (CoSLA). The new offer concentrates on three areas of our dispute: the future participation in the agree …

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UNISON ScotlandUNISON has suspended strike action planned for October 21st and will consult its members on an improved offer put forward by the Scottish employers (CoSLA).

The new offer concentrates on three areas of our dispute: the future participation in the agreed bargaining machinery; consolidation of the living wage; and the deletion of spinal column point below the level of the living wage.

UNISON believes these proposals represent a significant change and is consulting our members in a full consultative ballot which will open on Monday 20 October 2014 and close on Monday 3 November 2014.

UNISON Scottish secretary Mike Kirby said: “UNISON have made real progress on two of our demands. On low pay we have a commitment to consolidate the living wage as the new starting point for local government pay. We know this is hugely important for our lowest paid workers and will affect at least 24 of the 32 local authorities.

“On getting the employer back round the table, COSLA have agreed to reinforce their commitment to joint negotiation and to adhere to the collective bargaining process. UNISON will use this commitment to continue to press for fair pay.

“This is real progress and shows what we can achieve when we work together. UNISON remain determined to continue the fight for fair pay.”


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