Colleagues

Following a small number of enquiries into the Glasgow Office regarding the recent local government pay deal for 2015/16, please see below a communication for the attention of all local government reps and branches – for information and onward distribution throughout our membership.

Scottish Local Government Pay Deal

Unite members across Scottish local government voted overwhelmingly to accept a two year pay offer, which will see staff benefit from pay increases above the Scottish living wage rate.

79.5 per cent of staff voted in favour of a 1.5 per cent increase on the new Scottish living wage, which will see some of the lowest paid earn a minimum of £7.97 an hour and will be backdated from 1 April 2015.

The second year of the deal will be implemented from 1 April 2016 and provide workers with a 1 per cent increase on what will be the new Scottish living wage rate for 2016, as determined by the Living Wage Foundation.

Unite Regional Officer Willie McGonigle said, “This deal will help ensure that work pays for the lowest earners across Scottish local government while providing better financial security over the next eighteen months for thousands of our members.

“For the best part of a decade Scottish local government workers have suffered at the hands of austerity and the rising cost of living, so the deal is a step in the right direction to ensure more workers have an income that keeps them and their families out of the low-pay trap.”

ENDS

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