Friday, 17 March 2017


Vote in the online ballot and reject the offer
You can vote securely at: from 17 March to 12 noon on 7 April, 2017. UNISON will also email the link to all members we have an email address for.
Why you should reject the offer
Fair Pay LeafletWhat’s not fair?
Your pay is worth far less now than ten years ago after years of pay restraint and inflation. Local government workers are seeing their living standards squeezed as the prices of food, gas and electricity, travel, food and childcare continue to rise. But while inflation indexes show how costs are rising, the impact on individual households is often worse. This can not continue.
The employers have offered:
• Employees earning less than £35,000 a £350* increase (*pro rata based on 37 hours)
• Employees earning more than £35,000 a 1 per cent increase.
• Scottish Local Government Living Wage is the minimum pay for all pay and allowances including additional hours, contractual overtime and other allowances. It will be pensionable.
What is fair?The employers’ offer falls far short of our claim. We asked for:
• A flat rate payment of £1,000 for all employees.
• The continued uprating of the Scottish Local Government Living Wage.
• A future pay strategy to identify and redress the imbalance caused by previous pay awards below the rate of inflation.
How do I vote? 
UNISON recommends you vote to REJECT the offer. This is an online consultative ballot. You can vote securely at: UNISON will also email the link to all members we have an email address for.
Am I being asked to strike? 
NO. This is a consultative ballot to seek your views on the employers’ final offer. This is a first step before a formal ballot is held.
Even though this is a consultative ballot, it is very important you vote. Due to the Government’s new Trade Union Act, it is now a requirement that 50% of members respond in a formal ballot before industrial action can be held. If this consultative ballot delivers a strong positive vote, we will then be in a position to move to a formal industrial action ballot.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

To: Angus Council

Protect Social Care in Angus

Protect Social Care in Angus
We call on Angus Council and the Integrated Joint Board to halt planned changes, service cuts and privatised Social Care.

Why is this important?

On the 1st of July 2017, Angus Council plan to commence the implementation of proposals which will see social care provision changed, services cut and privatised. ‎The number of staff responding to Community Alarm calls will be cut during the day, working hours will be cut, some staff will be forced to provide a car to undertake their duties and there will be approximately 170 job losses. All of this will impact on the most vulnerable members of our community.
We believe that the evidence does not exist to support these plans or to implement them safely. We believe that private sector interest to provide social care in rural Angus just isn't there. Care for profit is wrong. We call on Angus Council and the Integrated Joint Board to halt these plans and to reassess this strategy.
Cuts to vital care services will impact on the most vulnerable members of our community.
Please take a minute to sign this petition by clicking the link below. It only takes seconds. And once you've done that, please share with your family and friends!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Pay Claim Update

We've received the following update from UNISON Scotland regarding the 2017/2018 pay claim:

The Employers have now made their final offer in respect of SJC Pay 2017/18. It 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.

The Local Government Committee will now consider this offer on Thursday 9th March and agree a recommendation prior to fully consulting all our members affected by this.

Full details of the arrangements will be shared with members by the end of the week.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Proposed Increases to SSSC Fees

The email below has been received from Joe Lynch, Regional Organiser for UNISON Scotland. These proposed increases will adversely affect those who work in the care sector and we’d urge you to sign the petition and share it with your friends and family.


Please find below a link to the petition "Stop the huge rises in SSSC fees for Scottish care workers".

UNISON Scotland supports this petition to challenge these rises of 66% for low paid support workers and 166% for social workers, when wages rises are again below inflation, are unfair and a disincentive to people joining the care sector.

Real change happens when everyday people like you and I come together and stand up for what we believe in. 

After you've signed the petition please also take a moment to share it with others.  It's super easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

Pay Claim Update

We have received the following update from Dougie Black at UNISON Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Joint Council Steering Group:

The SJC Steering Group met yesterday to start negotiations on pay. We reached a point where the employers tabled a slightly different offer which was; £300 for those earning up to £30,000 and 1% for those above. The joint trade union position was united behind the need for only a flat rate claim and not a mixed offer. The employers position was that the new offer made was the limit of their mandate. We did however persuade the employers to go back to the COSLA Leaders Forum and seek a fresh mandate on the basis of the trade union position. We also made the point that since the offer was tabled the LG settlement had marginally changed and asked the employers to consider whether more money could be directed into the pay financial envelope.

The Steering Group will next meet on 3rd March where I expect the employers to make a final offer.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Home Care Service Review  - Update Meetings

Further meetings have been arranged by UNISON on behalf of their SCO members and SCOs belonging to Unite and GMB. These meetings will give members an update with regard to the recent discussions between the Trade Unions and the Home Care Service Review management. The meetings will also give you the opportunity to share your concerns and ask further questions about the negotiations and discussions so far.

Meetings will take place at:

Tuesday 14 February at 12.45pm in the Northern Hotel, Clerk Street, Brechin

Wednesday 15 February at 2.30pm in the Royal British Legion, Helen Street, Arbroath

Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be available.

We hope to see you at one of the meetings.

Monday, 6 February 2017


The Scottish Local Government Conference on Friday received details of the offer from the Scottish employers in response to our pay claim.

The offer is as follows:

  • ·        £250 flat rate for those on spinal column points up to £25,000.
  • ·        1% for those on spinal column points over £25,001
  • ·        Continue to pay the Scottish Local Government Living Wage and ensure it applies to all pay related enhancements and is pensionable.
  • ·        Agree to participate in a joint working group with the trade unions to look at a future pay strategy going forward.

This offer falls far short of our claim, however the employers have indicated that they are prepared to negotiate. The first negotiating meeting will take place on 14 February and a further update will be issued following this meeting.

UNISON Scotland advise that they are making the necessary arrangements to ensure that all members are consulted on any final offer and if need be preparing for a possible industrial action ballot.
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