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Scottish local government workers in the GMB and Unite unions reject pay offer

Issue No. 2128

Members of the GMB and Unite unions have rejected the latest local government pay offer in Scotland, raising the possibility of further strike action.

But the offer, worth 3 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2009, was accepted by members of Unison, Scotland’s biggest local government union, last week. Unison leaders had urged its membership to reject the offer.

The GMB members voted by almost two to one to reject the pay proposal, despite their colleagues in the Unison union backing the deal.

Workers across Scotland held two one-day strikes earlier this year.

Alex McLuckie, the GMB’s senior Scottish organiser, said, “GMB members have spoken clearly and this will be paramount when deciding our next steps.”

The GMB represents 25,000 council workers in Scotland.

Unite said 60 percent of members who voted in its ballot had rejected the pay offer.

Jimmy Farrelly, Unite senior regional officer, said, “There is a genuine resentment and frustration by our members, which stems from the employers stating that the offer would not be improved on the basis that it was fair and all they could afford.”


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Tue 18 Nov 2008, 19:32 GMT
Issue No. 2128
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