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Council workers voting on pay offer

Council workers are voting on a pay offer, which could boost their pay by 9.5% over the next three years.

Members of the trade union UNISON have begun their ballot on the offer.

The deal, tabled by Scottish councils association COSLA, would see a 3.5% pay increase this year, and then a 3% rise for the next two years.

Thousands of members across the Forth Valley have until 21st January to cast their vote.

However, trade union Unite have urged their members to reject the offer, arguing the deal doesn’t restore council workers to the level of real terms pay 10 years ago.

Johanna Baxter, Head of Local Government (Bargaining) said:  “This revised and improved offer would never have been achieved without the resolve, campaigning activity and political lobbying efforts of UNISON members up and down the country.  Whilst the offer does not make up for the many years of austerity the provision of cost of living increases which meet current and projected levels of RPI is welcome as are the commitments to fully consolidate the living wage and maintain parity across the local government workforce.”

Mark Ferguson, chair of UNISON’s Local Government Committee said: “This offer does not meet all of our expectations but it is move in the right direction after a decade of below inflation increases and job cuts. Many of our low paid members have patiently waited on their employer to consolidate the living wage – the employers past failure to deliver on that has resulted in eradication of pay differentials on the pay model for those doing the most demanding jobs.”

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