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Pay update – Members vote for action but turnout below threshold

Pay leafletUNISON Scotland today announced the result of the Industrial Action ballot which closed yesterday with 62.7% voting in favour of industrial action. However the turnout was 22.8%.

Kate Ramsden, Branch Chair said, “As the turnout is below the 50% threshold, it is not possible to take industrial action under current legislation imposed by the UK Government.”

• Number of votes cast; 15,214
• Number of yes votes; 9,540
• Number of no votes; 5,662
• Number of spoiled or invalid papers; 12

The employers have previously stated that they would be prepared to meet with the trade unions once the ballot had concluded and as a result UNISON will be seeking an early meeting to explore how pay can be concluded for 2017/18.

Inez Kirk, Vice-Chair of the Scottish Local Government Committee added, “The committee met in Glasgow this morning to consider the ballot result and were understandably disappointed.

“The ballot did return a vote in favour of taking industrial action but did not meet the requirements of the Trade Union Act 2016.

“However the result did indicate that there are a substantial number of UNISON members who are unhappy with the employers offer on pay and we will be taking this into our meeting with the employers.”