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By UNISON, Mar 13 2017 10:57AM

The Local Government Committee considered the final offer made by the employers in respect of SJC Pay yesterday and unanimously decided to recommend REJECTION of the offer. The committee also agreed to consult our members in a digital online ballot commencing 17th March and closing at 12 noon on 7th April.

A high participation in this ballot is absolutely crucial if we are to move towards a full industrial action ballot. New thresholds within the Trade Union legislation mean that a 50% participation rate in industrial action ballots is required and whilst this consultative ballot is not governed by this legislation it is imperative that we demonstrate that we can achieve a percentage return close to that level.

To seek to maximise participation we have agreed to run this consultation on the basis of a full digital consultative ballot. This means that access to the ballot will only be through a secure UNISON web page. Where we have members email addresses registered on the RMS these individuals will receive an email and a link to enable them to vote. Those members for whom we do not have email addresses for will be required to access a web page, answer two security questions and vote online. There is a significant job of work to do by branches to encourage participation and assist those members who may not have electronic access. I will prepare a full briefing sheet on the ballot detail.

Briefing materials have now been developed in the form of a fact sheet, FAQ's, poster and leaflet for use within branches. These materials will be available to download from the UNISON Scotland webpage later today. Branches are encouraged to ensure this ballot and ballot arrangements are widely publicised within their membership either through their normal distribution channels or by workplace it branch meetings. Local Government Committee members are available to attend branch/workplace meetings, please contact me directly to arrange.

We can significantly improve upon our previous ballot returns on pay however if we are to do so it will require a concerted effort by all of us to achieve this.

By UNISON, Feb 20 2017 11:14AM

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By UNISON, Feb 16 2017 09:33AM

The SJC Steering Group met yesterday to start negotiations on pay. We reached a point where the employers tabled a slightly different offer which was; £300 for those earning up to £30,000 and 1% for those above. The joint trade union position was united behind the need for only a flat rate claim and not a mixed offer. The employers position was that the new offer made was the limit of their mandate. We did however persuade the employers to go back to the COSLA Leaders Forum and seek a fresh mandate on the basis of the trade union position. We also made the point that since the offer was tabled the LG settlement had marginally changed and asked the employers to consider whether more money could be directed into the pay financial envelope.

The Steering Group will next meet on 3rd March where I expect the employers to make a final offer.

By UNISON, Feb 7 2017 09:22AM

The Scottish Local Government Conference on Friday received details of the offer from the Scottish employers in response to our pay claim. The offer is attached for information.

The offer is as follows;

£250 flat rate for those on spinal column points up to £25,000.

1% for those on spinal column points over £25,001 Continue to pay the Scottish Local Government Living Wage and ensure it applies to all pay related enhancements and is pensionable.

Agree to participate in a joint working group with the trade unions to look at a future pay strategy going forward.

This offer falls far short of our claim, however the employers have indicated that they are prepared to negotiate. The first negotiating meeting will take place on 14 February and a further update will be issued following this meeting.

We are making the necessary arrangements to ensure that all members are consulted on any final offer and if need be preparing for a possible industrial action ballot.

In the meantime our branch are making every effort to raise the profile of Pay with our members. Flyers and posters will follow shortly.

By UNISON, Dec 14 2016 09:45AM

The employers have indicated to the trade unions that no offer will be made on pay at this time and they have cancelled the Special SJC Steering Group tomorrow. It is their view that they should concentrate on responding to the Government's Spending Review which will also be announced on Thursday and is likely to have far reaching consequences for local government. This means that it is unlikely that a response to our pay claim, which you will recall was submitted in August this year, will be forthcoming until well into January at the earliest.

UNISON has expressed our anger at this development to the employers and have written to all the Group Leaders in CoSLA asking them to reconsider this decision, however it is unlikely it will be reversed. The Scottish Local Government Committee are meeting on Monday 19th December to consider what further response we should make to this and a follow up communication to branches will be issued thereafter.

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