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Scottish Pay Talks in Danger of Breakdown

Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Pay Talks in Danger of Breakdown

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Scottish local authority leaders have threatened to withdraw their latest pay offer for council employees after it was rejected by public sector unions.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities had hoped an improved package of 3% in the current year and 2.5% in 2009/10 would resolve the dispute that led to strikes in August and September.

A proposed further one-day stoppage involving council call centre staff on October 6 had been suspended after new talks were arranged.

However, an improved offer made by Cosla at the talks has been rejected by the unions involved in the dispute - Unison, Unite and GMB.

Cosla employment spokesman Michael Cook said employers were able to increase the original offer of 2.5% to 3% only by embodying it in a two-year deal.

He added: 'Let me be absolutely clear to the union membership: the present offer is at the absolute limit of what we can afford and if this offer is rejected the whole package is off the table with immediate effect. …

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