Mental health officers (MHOs) at Edinburgh social work department
are threatening to withhold their services from the end of
The move follows a “derisory” offer of an additional £650 a
year for qualified MHOs made by the council last year. Workers have
voted to withdraw their services unless a more reasonable offer is
made to them.
A spokesperson for public sector trade union Unison said that, for
a statutory service as important as the one provided by MHOs, it
was ridiculous that the council should “short-change” its members.
A meeting with the council’s senior managers to discuss the
proposed action was due to take place later this week.