GMB welcomes ‘significant moment’ as agreement reached over equal pay. https://www.gmbscotland.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-welcomes-significant-moment-as-agreement-reached-over-equal-pay
Posted: 17th January 2019
Dear GMB Member GMB Scotland in Local Government – Important COSLA Pay Update The priority of GMB Scotland is the defence of your interests. That’s why in the last year, we have been campaigning hard for COSLA to do more for the lowest paid in local government. The latest offer proposes for the vast majority of our members a 3.5% increase for year one; in years two and three they propose the same 3% that you comprehensively rejected in our previous consultative ballots. The unfair and unequal weighting of the offer (the same increases for all staff up to £80,000 a year and a cash increase of £1,600 for staff earning over £80,000) also remain and this is a major concern for GMB. Our sister unions have taken contrasting positions to the offer, with Unison recommending acceptance and Unite recommending rejection. After a decade of cuts we know how much you want a decent pay offer but the stakes are high. This weekend, school teachers may move to a strike ballot if they reject a pay offer which is greater than any other proposal made or deal agreed elsewhere in Scotland’s public sector. On Monday, NHS staff, now locked into a three year deal, will be balloted over reforms to their terms and conditions of employment that could result in cuts to real terms pay. And on Tuesday the UK parliament will vote on the Brexit deal which will have profound consequences for the future of public finances – just days after Derek Mackay warned of further cuts to Scottish frontline services. Why would we rush in on a three year offer when other public sector workers could receive a significantly higher award than council workers and when the future economic outlook is so uncertain? With all this in mind, we will meet the Finance Secretary and COSLA officials this Thursday 17 January in Edinburgh and GMB will make the case for further improvements to this offer. We want to exhaust every possible avenue of negotiation because in the event of a rejection the next step is a full strike action ballot of our members in local government. GMB Scotland has consistently demonstrated that we aren’t afraid to take on employers and politicians but it is never lost on us that when our members go on strike they lose money. We are a responsible trade union and we won’t play fast and loose with your livelihoods. Your GMB reps will reconvene on Thursday 24 January to make our determination and we will be in regular communication with you during the intervening period. Drew Duffy GMB Scotland Senior Organiser
Posted: 11th January 2019
In case you missed it - in the last edition of UnionLine News 2018 we focus on how the Civil Liability Act will affect workers justice for personal injuries, disability pay gap reporting, Government considering re-introducing employment tribunal fees, consideration being given to the testing of video evidence, security measure in courts & tribunals and what’s coming up in 2019.
Posted: 27th December 2018
Dear GMB Member GMB Scotland in Local Government – GMB reaction to latest COSLA Pay Offer Yesterday (Wednesday 19 December), GMB Scotland and our sister trade unions in COSLA received a revised offer from your employer concerning your pay deal. COSLA is now proposing the following offer covering the three year period from 2018/19 to 2020/21: · 2018/19 - increase of 3.5 per cent (capped at £80,000, on or above which a flat rate of £1600 will apply). · 2019/20 - an increase of 3 per cent. · 2020/21 - an increase of 3 per cent. Under this proposal, the Scottish Local Government Living Wage will rise annually by the percentage uplifts referred to above and COSLA have also committed to a consolidation of the living wage across all council’s by March 2021. Below is an initial analysis of what this latest proposal would mean for your pay over the three year period: Current Rate Current Pay 2018/19 Hourly 2018/19 Full Time 2019/20 Hourly 2019/20 Full Time 2020/21 Hourly 2020/21 Full Time 3 year gain – Full Time £8.51 £16373 £8.81 £16946 £9.07 £17458 £9.34 £17974 £1601 £8.87 £17065 £9.18 £17663 £9.46 £18192 £9.74 £18747 £1682 £9.15 £17604 £9.47 £18220 £9.75 £18766 £10.04 £19321 £1717 £9.42 £18124 £9.75 £18758 £10.04 £19321 £10.34 £19896 £1772 £10.14 £19509 £10.49 £20192 £10.80 £20788 £11.12 £21402 £1893 £10.91 £20990 £11.29 £21725 £11.63 £22373 £11.98 £23047 £2057 £11.72 £22549 £12.13 £23338 £12.49 £24038 £12.86 £24751 £2202 £11.90 £22895 £12.32 £23696 £12.69 £24414 £13.07 £25148 £2253 £12.05 £23184 £12.47 £23995 £12.84 £24712 £13.23 £25445 £2261 £12.99 £24992 £13.44 £25867 £13.84 £26634 £14.26 £27427 £2435 £13.58 £26127 £14.06 £27042 £14.48 £27862 £14.91 £28695 £2568 £19.64 £36766 £20.33 £39109 £20.94 £40288 £21.57 £41497 £4731 £25.28 £47342 £26.16 £50341 £26.94 £51841 £27.75 £53387 £6045 £30.67 £57414 £31.74 £61074 £32.69 £62899 £33.67 £64782 £7368 £40.11 £75085 £41.51 £79872 £42.76 £82261 £44.04 £84738 £9653 Your GMB local government representatives will confirm our position in early January over whether to recommend an acceptance or rejection of this offer before confirming dates for a full consultative ballot of our 30,000 local government members. We know the delay in the delivery of a decent pay deal along with the prospect of a third ballot in nine months will be a source of huge frustration for you, but it is vitally important that any offer is subject to the full scrutiny of our members. Our initial reaction is that progress has been made, as it stands this offer would surpass the value of the recent NHS deal, but our long-standing concerns remain about how this offer is weighted across the local government pay grades. Communications will be constant in early 2019 as we set our position and prepare for our ballot, so please ensure all your contact details including email and SMS are fully up to date. You can check this at www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb In the meantime, if you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com Drew Duffy GMB Scotland Senior Organiser
Posted: 20th December 2018
An overwhelming majority (85%) of GMB Scotland's 30,000 strong local government membership has voted in favour of industrial action to secure a better pay offer. In light of this, we've issued a warning to COSLA; vital services cannot run without staff, make work pay for them! GMB Scotland Senior Organiser Drew Duffy said: “It’s all well and good for COSLA to call for more money from the Scottish Government to defend services, but they won’t have services to run unless they do more for struggling staff at the coal face of delivery. “After a decade of cuts we can all get behind a fairer funding model for our vital local services but it also requires COSLA to bring forward a credible offer that actually helps make work pay for staff who need it the most.” MORE: http://bit.ly/COSLAResult
Posted: 20th November 2018
Dear GMB Member GMB Scotland in Local Government – COSLA Pay Latest & Last Call for Postal Ballot! The priority of GMB is the defence of your interests. That’s why your union has led from the front in the campaign for better pay across Scottish local government. Having had the first ‘final offer’ rejected by 92 per cent of GMB members, COSLA is now proposing: •A 3 per cent increase to all employees earning up to £80,000. •A flat rate increase of £1,600 for all employees earning more than £80,000. No new money is being put into the pockets of staff earning up to £36,500. Every penny of an estimated £10 million of extra funding from COSLA has been given to staff earning £36,501 - £80,000. It is totally unacceptable and nothing has changed for the lowest paid. Last week our sister unions Unison and Unite rejected the COSLA pay offer, joining GMB members position. There is now a strong consensus among local government staff that more must be done for the lowest paid. Union reps met with COSLA chiefs on Friday 9 November and we were clear with the employer-side that a failure to find more money for the likes of carers, cleaners, caterers, refuse workers and pupil support staff makes industrial action more likely. COSLA said they ‘do not have a mandate’ to make an improved offer but ‘will work behind the scenes to see what they can do’. We are rapidly running out of patience and COSLA rapidly running out of time to do the right thing. That’s why we have been urging GMB members to VOTE YES in our consultative ballot for industrial action in COSLA. Our ballot closes this Thursday 15 November. You have voted in great numbers in your workplaces over the last few weeks and postal ballot returns have also been strong. And if you received a postal ballot and haven’t yet returned it, don’t delay – return it today! Your GMB reps and officials will be counting the ballot returns this Friday and as soon as we have our results confirmed, you will be notified by email or SMS. Please make sure you contact details are fully up to date – visit www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb If you want to get involved in campaigning for a better pay deal or have any questions about our ballot please email us at - firstname.lastname@example.org Drew Duffy GMB Scotland Senior Organiser
Posted: 13th November 2018
Hot off the press! October's UnionLine News focuses on the recent equal pay strike in Glasgow and how equal pay is still an issue some 50 years after the equal pay act, disability causation test and new National Minimum Wage rates.
Posted: 9th November 2018
LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY UPDATE GMB Scotland members rejected COSLA's initial pay offer by an overwhelming majority of 92% in our previous consultative ballot. This was on the basis of the initial offer being unfair and unequal. We called on COSLA to do more for those on the lowest paid, as we don't feel it's fair, equal or even credible to offer an average pay increase of £600 to Home Carers, Refuse and Recycling Workers, School Cleaners and Support Staff, while offering £1,600 to the "top brass", the Chief Executives. Our members have been ignored. The new proposal offers 3% to everyone earning up to £80,000, and a flat rate of £1,600 to those earning over £80,000 - so for anyone earning below £36,500 the offer is IDENTICAL to the one you've already rejected earlier this year. After ten years of cuts to pay and after a massive rejection of the original offer, it's clear that COSLA is treating our members across local government with total contempt. The original offer was unfair and unequal, the latest offer makes the inequality even WORSE - stretching the gap between the best paid and the rest even wider. That's why we're asking you to vote YES for industrial action. We need to make COSLA think again and come back to the table with a better offer for those that need it most. Support our campaign for a fair pay rise in local government? Get more information and posters for your workplace here: https://bit.ly/2Qlhup0
Posted: 2nd October 2018
Dear GMB Member, GMB Scotland in Fife Council - Equal Pay Third Wave Claims GMB priority is in defence of your interests. We have been made aware that again Fife Council are looking to persuade some women workers to settle for what we believe is less than they are due. Not only has Fife not paid you what you are owed, getting it wrong again and again, they are now trying to settle your claims on the cheap. GMB expect that Fife Council would want to end this shameful discriminatory episode by doing what is right but it seems they just want to rip women workers off again. If you have been invited to settle your claim by Fife Council you need to be aware that this doesn't take in to consideration the value of your third wave claim and would rule you out taking your third wave claim. If you have any questions about these Fife Council settlement meetings or you would like to become more active within GMB please contact the branch 03451 555555 ext 473313 or email email@example.com Please ensure your membership and contact details, particularly mobiles, are up to date in order to receive our latest updates www.gmb.org.uk/mygmb If you know colleagues who haven't yet joined GMB, there's never been a better time to do so. They can join at www.gmb.org.uk/join Kind regards Keir Greenaway GMB Scotland Organiser GMB - Fife Pay Justice To opt out reply STOP www.gmb.org.uk/legal/privacy-policy
Posted: 14th September 2018
Fife Council has backtracked after a call for residents to clean their own streets caused outrage among trade unionists.
Posted: 6th September 2018
Despite the promising headline, this revised COSLA offer constitutes "no change" for the overwhelming majority of our members. As the article states, "GMB members in local government - most of whom earn less than £36,500 - overwhelmingly rejected the previous pay offer in a consultative ballot. They would be no better off under the revised proposals". The revised offer does nothing to help staff like home carers, refuse workers and school cleaners. Instead the biggest cash rises will go to the middle and highest earners, and not those on the lowest grades who have suffered the most after 10 years of austerity. COSLA has got its priorities all wrong and GMB will be strongly recommending our 30,000 members across local government reject this unfair and unequal pay offer.
Posted: 6th September 2018
Hot off the press - in August's UnionLine News we focus on the thousands of tribunals postponed at short notice, a refund scheme launched for Power of Attorney fee charges, the appeal ruling on “sleep-in” shifts for care workers, overtime and shift overruns in holiday pay calculations & record back payments for underpaid NMW
Posted: 4th September 2018
Our members in local government will be stepping up their campaign for a fair and equal pay offer tomorrow, with a lobby of the COSLA Leaders meeting in Forfar. GMB Scotland's ballot of our 30,000 members in local government returned a 92% rejection of the pay offer, a strong mandate to insist that the COSLA leaders to do more for the lowest paid council workers. Under the existing offer, the pay rises for staff earning over £80,000 a year in local government will be up to eight times greater than the average carer, cleaner or caterer – that is absolutely shameful. GMB's Senior Organiser for Public Services, Drew Duffy, said "It cannot be right that after a decade of cuts to pay and conditions that the highest earners in local government receive the biggest cash lift. This offer is blatantly unfair and unequal which is why it was so resoundingly rejected by our members. The message we will give to council leaders and chief executives as they walk through the door is simple: Our members are delivering your core services - you must do more for the lowest paid in our local authorities and bring forward an improved offer for their consultation.” MORE: http://bit.ly/COSLALobby
Posted: 30th August 2018
The next branch meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th September at 7.00 pm Dunniker Golf Club. All Welcome.
Posted: 30th August 2018
It's still not certain what will happen here is the latest release
Posted: 23rd August 2018
EQUAL PAY UPDATE Dear members, We are aware that Fife Council are inviting you to sign settlement agreements. We believe that you are entitled to an equal pay claim, and you may be signing away your rights to a claim if you agree to these. Please ensure that you DO NOT sign anything without seeking advice. GMB are the only union pursuing 3rd wave equal pay claims for our members in Fife Council. Please call us on 01382 225491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
Posted: 30th July 2018
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Posted: 21st July 2018