The branch can report that at the close of UNISON Scotland’s Local Government strike ballot, 88.6% of members in our ballot return voted to reject the pay offer and for Industrial action, demonstrating our members’ strength of feeling about the derisory pay offer.
Our members in Aberdeenshire also reached the statutory threshold of 50% or more, of members voting in the ballot. This threshold was set by the (anti)Trade Union Act.
UNISON had formally balloted our members across 31 Scottish Local Authorities employed in school cleaning, school catering, school janitorial, waste and recycling services, on strike action on the Local Government pay offer. The ballot closed on Wednesday 22nd September.
Inez Kirk, branch secretary and national negotiator said, “On this basis the UNISON Scotland Local Government Committee are considering its next steps and we are urging COSLA leadership to get back round the table and continue negotiations.
“We will keep you updated on any further steps.”
Inez added, “We want to thank each and every one of you for either returning your ballot or supporting those being balloted.
“I will write out to you again with further information as decisions are made next steps known.”