The local government pay deal in Scotland for 2023-24 will now go through after UNISON members reportedly gave their assent.
The union – the largest representing councils in the country – had previously called members working in schools out on strike in relation to this year’s pay round, while members of counterparts GMB and Unite voted to accept an improved offer from employers’ body COSLA in October.
However, UNISON suspended strike action earlier this month, agreed to ballot members on a settlement and recommended that they vote to accept, following a further improvement to the proposed deal from COSLA.
The ballot closed today and, according to COSLA, UNISON members voted in favour of the offer.
Welcoming the news, COSLA’s resources spokesperson, Katie Hagmann, said: “Throughout this challenging process, we have listened carefully to our trade unions, met all their asks, and worked with Scottish Government to put an incredibly strong half a billion pound pay package forward.
For the sake of everyone in our local government workforce, who are delivering essential front-line services, I am pleased that the pay offer has now been accepted by all of our trade union colleagues.”
Pay deal for council staff in Scotland
- A £2,006 (9.59%) rise for the lowest paid (earning the equivalent of £20,933 on a full-time salary) and a minimum of £1,929 for all other staff.
- A social worker earning £33,531 (spinal point 55) would receive an extra £2,199 (6.56%).
- A practitioner earning £38,586 (spinal point 65) would receive an extra £2,334 (6.05%).
- A taskforce to work towards a local government minimum wage of £15 an hour by 2026-27, up from £11.89, under the newly agreed deal.
Speaking before the ballot result, UNISON Scotland’s head of local government, Johanna Baxter said: “Over the past few months, from the employers’ original offer to today, the action of UNISON members has secured more than an additional £100m into the pockets of local government workers. This includes an additional £17.2m secured in the last couple of weeks.
“It was UNISON members who stood on picket lines to fight for a better deal. It was UNISON negotiators who brokered this deal. And it will be UNISON members who determine whether it gets accepted.”