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Scottish councils

Issue No. 1726

Scottish councils

DELEGATES from UNISON branches across Scottish councils agreed to double the number of workers on strike over pay on Monday. Over 1,000 selected workers have been on all-out strike in councils across Scotland, after three successful one-day strikes over recent months. The action is undoubtedly having an impact, but a growing number of union members are worried that there is a lack of strategy from UNISON leaders about how to take the fight forward.

Councils plan to impose their 3 percent offer. Many workers will get the money in this month's pay packet. Last week saw a series of talks between union leaders and council bosses, and a report on the talks was to be presented to Monday's meeting.

"The action is hitting councils," argues one Edinburgh council worker, "but not enough. We have to take action which can force them to up their offer. It feels like the union leaders are in a phoney war, frightened to really take the fight to the councils."

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Sat 9 Dec 2000, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1726
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