Unite the union has today (11 March) written to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) requesting that the pay order for local authority workers be re-opened following the latest teachers’ pay offer. Unite members had voted to reject the pay offer by 55 per cent.

As of April, teachers are set to receive a 7 per cent pay rise, on top of a 3 per cent pay rise backdated to April 2018, with another 3 per cent to come a year later. Despite, the well-deserved pay offer for teachers, which equates to over 13 per cent by 2020, Unite believes that all local authority workers equally deserve a similar pay deal and has called for the reopening of negotiations.

Unite has repeatedly called for a 'trigger clause' which if, as predicted, Brexit causes inflation to rise, and for low pay bands to be revisited at the end of the three year period. The pay order also fails to restore local authority workers to the levels of real terms pay from ten years ago.

Wendy Dunsmore, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “Unite members rejected the most recent pay offer but it was imposed on our members. However, the order did give a commitment by COSLA to re-open pay negotiations in specific circumstances including another local government bargaining group’s pay offer being greater. Today, we are invoking this commitment and inviting our sister unions to join us to demand that parity is maintained following the teacher pay offer. Unite members were disappointed that the local authorities offer did not address the real issues for workers such as Brexit and those workers who are paid below the Scottish Living Wage, and this new development now allows COSLA to make amends.”


For more information contact Wendy Dunsmore on: 07764655756.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.