UNISON urges local government members in Scotland to vote to reject the unfair pay offer. You only have until midday on 7 April to vote at unison.org.uk/lgscot17 in the online consultative ballot.
What’s not fair?
Your pay is worth far less now than ten years ago after years of pay restraint and inflation. Local government workers are seeing their living standards squeezed as the prices of food, gas and electricity, travel, food and childcare continue to rise. But while inflation indexes show how costs are rising, the impact on individual households is often worse. This cannot continue.
The employers have offered:
• Employees earning less than £35,000 a £350* increase (*pro rata based on 37 hours)
• Employees earning more than £35,000 a 1 per cent increase.
• Scottish Local Government Living Wage is the minimum pay for all pay and allowances including additional hours, contractual overtime and other allowances. It will be pensionable.
What is fair?
The employers’ offer falls far short of our claim. We asked for:
• A flat rate payment of £1,000 for all employees.
• The continued uprating of the Scottish Local Government Living Wage.
• A future pay strategy to identify and redress the imbalance caused by previous pay awards below the rate of inflation.
Unimaginable, earth-shattering… what must it feel like to get a terminal diagnosis, so the last thing folk need to be dealing with is a knee jerk reaction from employers to move towards dismissal, Tony Slaven highlighting the TUC Dying To Work Charter at UNISON Scottish Council.
South Lanakshire Council and the South Lanarkshire Joint trade Unions signed up to this Charter in November last year
Tony encouraged other branches to promote this Charter and campaign for terminal illness in itself to be a protected characteristic and thus support folk to continue in work despite their terminal diagnosis if that is what they choose to do.
Make sure you get along to one of our annual members’ meetings to find out what’s happening in the branch, the branch finances, and to vote on changes to the constitution.
There are still three vacant branch officer positions – Education; Membership Services and Young Members – all very important to the branch. Nominations will be sought at the meetings but if you would like to find out more in advance then just contact the branch office.
High on the agenda will be the burning issues of Pay and Council Cuts, and also the review of the job evaluation scheme.
Make sure you come along to have your say!
Monday 6 February
12.30pm and 5pm
Tuesday 7 February
1pm and 5pm
Royal Burgh House
Monday 13 February
12.30pm and 5pm
Tuesday 14 February
12.30pm and 5pm
Committee Room 2
In a bid to get communities and local people working together to resist further cuts to council services, South Lanarkshire UNISON is hosting a public meeting at 7pm onThursday 17 November in South Lanarkshire Council HQ, Almada Street, Hamilton.
Community groups and local residents are welcome to come along to hear about how the cuts affect the delivery of essential services to the community, and we will be looking for your views on how these cuts and increases in charges affect you as service users.
Stephen Smellie, the union’s Branch Secretary said, “Once again Scottish councils, including South Lanarkshire Council, are being forced to consider making significant cuts in council services due to the continuing cuts in budgets.
“As a public sector union UNISON recognises that, as well as cuts in jobs and the terms and conditions of our members, these cuts are having an impact on the services that are being delivered to the people in the area. Some services have been directly cut whilst others suffer from a poorer quality of services. Over the past few years charges for council services have increased with many people not able to afford these increases.
“We have engaged with the council in trying to mitigate some of the worst impacts of the cuts and will continue to do so. However we believe that a greater effort is needed to change the UK Government’s austerity policies and to demand greater investment in council services.
“We would like to hear from service users, parents, carers and others what the cuts have meant to them, their family and their community.”
Applications are invited for a post of Caseworker to work with Branch Officers and stewards providing a representation service to members of the UNISON branch.
UNISON South Lanarkshire has 6000 members working in the local council, Leisure and Culture Trust, further education and the community, voluntary and private sector. We have an active group of shop stewards and experienced branch officers.
The successful applicant will have a commitment to the trade union movement, have experience of representing union members and be able to travel.
The post will be based in the branch office in Hamilton. The post will initially be for 2 years.
All South Lanarkshire UNISON members are invited to attend one of the branch members’ annual meetings.
As well as covering branch officer elections, accounts, changes to the constitution, you will get an update on the cuts and on the anti-trade union bill. Find out about and join us in our campaigns to fight austerity and to protect our trade union rights.
12:30 pm and 5:30pm
Monday 1 February
Corporate Dining Room
Rutherglen 12:30 pm and 5pm
Tuesday 2 February
Royal Burgh House
12:30 pm and 5pm
Monday 8 February
East Kilbride 12:30 pm and 5pm
Tuesday 9 February