Unison, Unite and GMB to strike again in Scotland

Unison, Unite and GMB members in Scotland will strike for the second time this month in protest against council employers’ 2.5% pay offer for staff for 2008-9.

The walkout on 24 September follows action by an estimated 150,000 members on 20 August that had disrupted all but emergency council services.

Talks resumed after the strike between the unions and employers’ body Cosla. The unions claimed Cosla had indicated it would consider an improved offer, but instead it stuck to its guns on 2.5%, having reduced its former three-year offer to a one-year deal.

However, Cosla spokesperson Michael Cook said “the real cause of the impasse” was the unions’ refusal to lower their claim of 5%. He added that to increase the offer above 2.5% “would mean service reduction and job losses”, saying that it was “time for the unions to be a bit more realistic in their demands”.

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