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
IMPORTANT FIFE PAY JUSTICE UPDATE Wednesday 11 July 2018 We understand that Fife Council have invited a number of employees with outstanding issues around pay and grading to attend sessions where they will be asked to sign settlement agreements relating to the council’s flawed job evaluation process. For the avoidance of doubt, Fife Council has not advised GMB Scotland about these signing sessions and neither have they contacted our lawyers Thompsons. It is likely the council want settlement agreements signed because they are worried about the third wave Equal Pay claims being pursued by GMB Scotland via our Fife Pay Justice campaign. If any member of GMB Scotland who has a claim against the council signs a settlement agreement with Fife Council at this stage, they will not be able to pursue a 3rd wave Equal Pay claim. It is likely Fife Council is offering settlement agreements that are worth significantly less than individuals may be entitled to under the 3rd wave claims. We are strongly advising members not to attend the settlement agreement signing sessions arranged by Fife Council and to stick with the 3rd wave Equal Pay Claims being pursued by GMB Scotland. If you have any questions at all, or if don’t already have a claim then you can call us on 01382 225491or email email@example.com
Posted: 11th July 2018
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Posted: 9th July 2018
Posted: 6th July 2018
GMB SCOTLAND URGE MEMBERS TO REJECT UNFAIR AND UNEQUAL NHS PAY OFFER GMB has consistently campaigned for a pay award that not only beats the cost of living but tackles a decade of cuts imposed on our NHS Scotland staff. The Scottish Government’s offer doesn’t meet these expectations, and that's why our senior reps are unanimous that GMB Scotland members should vote to REJECT the three year pay offer as it stands. For more information on the offer, and why we don't think it's good enough, go to: http://bit.ly/GMBScotNHS GMB member in NHS Scotland? Let us know your thoughts on the offer, and why you're voting to REJECT!
Posted: 27th June 2018
GMB Scotland are campaigning to secure pay justice for our members in Fife Council, who we believe are being underpaid and undervalued on the grounds of their sex. Council employees who have been re-graded under the new job evaluation scheme and who have not had their substantive rate of pay carried forward into their new grade could be due more than £2,000 each in lost earnings. If you think you might be entitled to an equal pay claim, call us on 01382 225 491, or get in touch via email at FifePayJustice@GMB.org.uk.
Posted: 26th June 2018
THIRD WAVE OF EQUAL PAY CLAIMS IN FIFE GMB Scotland has today warned Fife Council that it’s interpretation of an organisation-wide job evaluation review has opened the door for a third wave of sex discrimination against women in Scottish local government. GMB Scotland Organiser Helen Meldrum said "At a time when second wave equal pay claims are still being settled, a third wave of pay discrimination is opening up because of Fife council’s interpretation of its job evaluation process. "Staff who were at the top of their pay scale on their previous grade should be at the top of the scale on their new grade, rather than the middle or bottom. "Anything to the contrary is simply an unjustifiable devaluation of women’s work, skills and service".
Posted: 25th June 2018
Do COSLA and the Scottish Government think a chief executive is worth a pay increase of £1,000 more than our hard-working members? GMB cannot accept an offer that puts more cash in the pockets of council chief executives and service directors over school support, home carers, school cleaners and refuse staff. 92% of GMB members voted to REJECT the COSLA pay offer, SHARE and show you're with them.
Posted: 20th June 2018
Council Workers Deliver ‘Resounding’ Rejection Of ‘Unfair’ Local Government Pay Offer In a major test of the Scottish Government’s public pay policy, GMB Scotland members have today (Tuesday 19 June) delivered a ‘clear and resounding’ rejection of the 2018 Scottish local government pay offer. 92 per cent of GMB members across Scotland’s thirty-two local authorities rejected an offer put forward by bosses of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), which proposes: A 3 per cent pay increase for all employees earning up to £36,500; A 2 per cent pay increase for all employees earning £36,501 - £80,000; and A flat rate increase of £1,600 for all employees earning more than £80,000. The result was delivered following a six week consultation of GMB’s 30,000 local government members, which include home carers, school cleaners, pupil support assistants, roads and maintenance, and refuse staff. GMB has notified both COSLA and the Scottish Government of the rejection and will now carry forward plans for industrial actions across key services in Scottish local authorities. GMB Scotland Senior Organiser Drew Duffy said: “This is a clear and resounding rejection by our members of a blatantly unfair and unacceptable pay offer but it should come as no surprise to anyone. We have been saying for months that the Scottish Government’s public pay policy must do more for the lowest paid after a decade of real terms cuts and freezes to our members pay and conditions. Left unchallenged, the COSLA offer will increase the pay of the highest grades in local government by £1,600, while staff on the lowest grades will get between £250 and £600. It begs the question: Do COSLA and the Scottish Government really think that a council chief executive is worth £1,000 more than a home care worker, bin collector or school cleaner? Our trade union doesn’t think so but Derek Mackay thinks this offer gives council workers ‘equal value’. He should look at the scale of this rejection and consider that the reality on the ground is very different than the view from the political bubble. Further talks between the local government joint trade unions, COSLA and the Scottish Government have been earmarked but we aren’t going to wait and hope for a change. Our members deserve better than that and, backed by this mandate, GMB will now take forward our campaign for fair pay and prepare for targeted industrial actions in local services across the country.”
Posted: 19th June 2018
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Posted: 13th June 2018
Hot off the press - the latest edition of UnionLine News. This month we focus on the recent UnionLine/CWUHA Aid convoy to Moldova, where UnionLine fully took part in securing much needed aid and delivering it to disabled children at The Phoenix Centre and a children’s orphanage in Moldova. We also look at the landmark vote in the European Parliament strengthening protections for posted workers, new guidance on religion and beliefs, a recent case ruling on shared parental pay, bereavement leave and the results of a survey on mental health.
Posted: 13th June 2018
GMB Urges Scottish Council Staff To Reject ‘Unfair And Unacceptable’ Pay Offer http://www.gmbscotland.org.uk/newsroom/gmb-urges-scottish-council-staff-to-reject-unfair-and-unacceptable-pay-offer
Posted: 7th May 2018