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Scottish Local Government Staff Plan Another One-Day Strike

Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Local Government Staff Plan Another One-Day Strike

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Local government workers in Scotland are planning a further one-day strike later this month, following the failure of unions and local authority employers to reach agreement on pay.

The stoppage is expected to take place on September 24. If it goes ahead as planned, it will be the second one-day strike since the dispute over a 2.5% pay offer began. The last walkout, on August 20, led to the severe disruption of council services.

The latest strike threat comes after further negotiations between the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and representatives of Unison, the GMB and Unite, broke down.

Cosia offered to change its offer so that the proposed 2.5% deal would apply only in 2008/09.

Previously it had sought a three-year agreement, based on 2.5% each year. The unions argued this was unacceptable, in view of the uncertainties of inflation.

Cosla spokesman Michael Cook said it had modified its offer but had no alternative but to revert to the original proposal, in view of the stance taken by the unions. …

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