Scots reject deal
COUNCIL WORKERS in Scotland are set to strike again over pay after throwing out their employers' latest offer by a huge majority. Members of the UNISON union voted by 68 percent to throw out the offer in a ballot.
The 80,000 workers have already staged two successful one-day Scotland-wide strikes. A further one-day strike and all-out action by key groups had been planned before the employers upped their offer slightly from their original 2.5 percent. The new offer was worth just 3 percent this year and 3.1 percent next year. The union claim is for 5 percent or �500, whichever is greater, and a �5 per hour minimum wage for all workers.
The union plans to call the new strikes will take place in mid-November, though the exact date has yet to be fixed. The all-out action will involve workers in finance as well as computer and other key staff.
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