GMB join Unite in rejecting Scottish pay offer

GMB members in Scottish local authorities have joined Unite colleagues in rejecting employers’ body Cosla’s latest offer to resolve the ongoing dispute.

The union said 63% had voted against Cosla’s pay offer of 3% in 2008-9 and 2.5% in 2009-10, and said senior shop stewards would consider its next move at a meeting on 24 November.

Unite has also rejected the offer though Unison, the biggest union in Scottish local government, has accepted it.

GMB Scotland senior organiser Alex McLuckie said next week’s meeting would consider the positions of the other unions.

The ballots follow two one-day strikes, after which Cosla marginally increased its original offer of 2.5% per year from 2008-11. However, it has stressed that the latest offer is its last.

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