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Workers vote to accept local government deal in Scotland

Issue No. 2428

Local government workers in Scotland have voted by more than two-thirds to accept a revised pay proposal from council bosses.

Their Unison union leaders suspended a strike set for 21 October for “significant” new proposals consolidating the Living Wage across all 32 local authorities.

This helps the lowest paid workers. But it means nothing for council workers earning over £14,750 who will still suffer the 14 percent cut to wages since 2007.

The threat of a strike brought a better offer from employers. 

But strikes could have won so much more and made a difference to all council workers’ living standards.


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