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Fight the pay freeze in Scottish local government

Issue No. 2218

Scottish local government workers may be moving towards action against an imposed three year pay deal.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities imposed the deal two weeks ago. It gives workers a pay freeze until 2013 after a small rise this year.

In real terms, if inflation remains at its present level, this means a pay cut of around 15 percent.

Local government workers in Unison met on Friday of last week to debate how to fight the pay cuts. The motion passed called for a range of campaigning initiatives, along with the Unite and GMB unions. It said that industrial action is a possibility.

Socialist Worker supporters backed a motion from Glasgow City Unison calling for “a massive campaign amongst the membership in support of strike action as the only way to force the Scottish Employers into agreeing an acceptable pay rise for 2010” and for “three days all out action followed by all out indefinite action until a settlement is reached.”

However, this motion was defeated. It is vital to build the resistance, especially as Scottish finance secretary John Swinney, from the Scottish National Party, has warned that there will be budget cutbacks of £3.7 billion in the public sector over the next four years.

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Tue 7 Sep 2010, 17:52 BST
Issue No. 2218
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