Thursday, 16 March 2017
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
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
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:
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
PAY CLAIM 2017 - UPDATE
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.