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New UNISON postcard campaign demands fair pay for all in local government

UNISON is calling on all local government members to send a

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postcard to CoSLA  (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) demanding fair pay for all who work in local government. This builds upon the postcards delivered to John Swinney from our members working in Education calling for parity in the pay award with the teachers.

The new postcard campaign, Local Government , One Team. delivering for our local communities, will take the demand for fair pay to CoSLA in advance  of the next meeting of Council Leaders on 31 August, so they will be more than aware of the strength of feeling among UNISON members.

The unions have smashed the public sector pay cap with the current offer for local government employees, at 3% for those earning £36,500 or less, 2% for those earning between £36,500 and £80,000, and a £1600 flat rate for those earning above (all based on a 37 hour week), but it still is not nearly enough to make up for the years of under inflation pay rises.  Moreover, there should be no reason that other sectors of local government deserve a greater pay award.

Whilst COSLA have been consistent in their agreement with the unions about the need to uphold the principle of parity across the local government bargaining groups,  UNISON needs your backing to  give them the power to their elbow in their discussions with the Scottish Government and to remind them that we will not give up on this.  So get your postcards from your stewards, and get them filled in and sent off or back to the branch.

Family Fun Day at New Lanark Sunday 19 August

Alastair McDonald at New Lanark Family Fun Day
Alastair McDonald at New Lanark Family Fun Day 2017

Don’t miss a fantastic free family fun day at New Lanark World Heritage site on Sunday 19 August. All members, their families and friends welcome.

There’s  music from Scottish folk singer  Alastair McDonald, ukulele and guitar duo Palmeros,   the Carmunnock Covers, the Easkilbusbies,  and some light original jazz from Mhairi.

Learn to write songs with well known Scottish singer songwriter Carol Laula… and a chance to perform them (only if you want to!)

Plenty to do for the kids too with a bouncy castle, balloon modelling, face painting and story telling and the Universal Connections Bus just in case they can’t keep away from technology, with access to tablets and 3D movies.

Free buses from EK, Hamilton and Glasgow Contact the South Lanarkshire UNISON Branch Office on 01698 454225/4690  to book your places.