Local government employers have tabled a final pay offer and the union is gearing up to consult members on their views.
The employers upped the two previous offers to £350 flat rate for those earning up to £35,000 and 1% for those above, but it fell short of the union’s demand for a flat rate across the board.
Previous offers had seen £250 up to £25,000 and 1%, then £300 up to £30,000 and 1% for those above.
Councils would continue to pay the Scottish Local Government Living Wage, ensuring it applies to all pay related enhancements and is pensionable.
Dougie Black, UNISON lead negotiator, said: “The joint trade union position was united behind the need for only a flat rate claim and not a mixed offer.
“We had persuaded the employers to go back to the COSLA leaders and seek a fresh mandate on the basis of the trade union position.”
He also made the point that since the offer was tabled the local government settlement had marginally improved.
Negotiators will now feed back to UNISON’s Local Government Committee on how best to consult members on the offer in the coming weeks.
Full details of offer is as follows;
• A flat rate increase of £350 for all SJC employees remunerated up to £35,000 (based on a 37hr working week).
• For those employees remunerated above £35,000, a 1% uplift in pay will apply;
• Councils will commit to using the Scottish Local Government Living Wage as the minimum pay level for all pay and allowances including additional hours worked, overtime and other allowances/premia (where applicable) and it will be pensionable;
• COSLA Employers agree to participate in a joint working group with the trade unions tasked with developing a future pay strategy that both sides can sign up to;
• The offer is for one year and covers the period 1 April, 2017 to 31 March 2018.