Unison to ballot over 1% pay offer

Union day of action in March 2011 Unison say they will consult their members about whether to accept a 1% pay offer

Public sector union Unison is to ballot its members over a 1% pay offer made by Scottish local authority employers.

Cosla, which represents local authorities, said the one-year offer - which also includes a Scottish Local Government Living Wage of £7.50 per hour - was final.

Union officials said they were "disappointed" with the offer.

A meeting of Unison officials on 15 March will decide whether to recommend members accept the deal.

Unison also wanted a guarantee that the Living Wage would automatically increase across all Scotland's Councils.

Dougie Black, joint trade union side secretary for Unison, said: "We welcome the fact that the employers have finally gone some way to addressing low pay by the introduction of a Living Wage. This has been a key component of our pay claims for the last few years.

"However, we are disappointed at the level of the offer at 1%.

"This has to be seen in the context of local government workers only having seen pay increase by 0.65% over the last three years, while many other public sector workers earning under £21,000 have received an annual payment of £250. And of course the cost of living has gone up, with big energy and food price increases."

The inflation rate, as measured by the Consumer Prices Index, was 2.7% in January.

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