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
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