UNISON, the union for local government workers, says a pay offer put forward by COSLA on Tuesday is a ‘slap in the face’ for hard working local government workers who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.
Mark Ferguson, chair of UNISON Scotland’s local government committee, says the offer falls far short of what local government workers deserve for keeping local services going in the most difficult of circumstances.
He said: “COSLA has been quick to praise our members for their efforts during this pandemic yet have presented our members with a dismal pay offer. Our members have gone above and beyond to provide the services we have all relied on during this pandemic, the least they deserve is to be paid fairly. This offer is a slap in the face to our dedicated local government workforce.”
Johanna Baxter, UNISON Scotland’s head of local government, said: “This offer amounts to less than £10per week for those on the lowest pay and fails to address the impact of years of austerity where wages have fallen significantly behind inflation. Given how much we have relied on these workers over the past 12 months and the sacrifices they have made to keep us all safe they deserve better.
“The moral and economic imperatives for providing these workers with a substantial pay increase are overwhelming. There is no better way to stimulate our economic recovery than putting money into the pockets of low-paid workers.
“Our message to politicians is clear – warm words and claps don’t pay the bills. Stop treating local government workers like the poor relations of the public sector and fund a decent increase.”
Full details on the UNISON Scotland website