Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Media coverage of UNISON council staff strike ballot #YestoFair Pay

#JoinUNISON 5 June 2013

Some of the media coverage of UNISON's news release announcing a Scotland wide strike ballot of council staff...

BBC:  "Unison to hold strike ballot over Cosla pay offer

"Local government workers across Scotland are to be balloted on possible strike action, after public services union Unison rejected a 1% pay offer by councils.

"The union said it would ballot 75,000 members working for Scotland's 32 local authorities.

"Unison described the pay offer as "miserly", following a two-year pay freeze...."

STV:  "Unions to ballot 95,000 local government workers on autumn strike

"Local government workers across Scotland are to be balloted on strike action following the rejection of a 1% pay offer.

"Unions will ballot 95,000 members working for Scotland’s 32 local authorities. Those balloted include cooks, cleaners, classroom assistants, housing staff, library workers, cleansing and environmental protection staff, technicians and trading standards workers, early years workers and social work staff.

"Members whose conditions are linked to local government pay and conditions are also to be balloted.

"Chair of Unison’s local government committee Stephanie Herd said: “Members are angry about a miserly 1% offer, following two years of a pay freeze.

“Council staff work hard delivering quality public services. They are overstretched after more than 34,500 local government jobs have gone. They are underpaid, and they see the wealthiest people in this country getting ever richer.

“Our members deserve fair pay and we believe they will vote yes for strike action to put pressure on the employers to improve the offer.

"Around 20,000 members of the Unite union who work in local government are also to be balloted..."

Evening Times:  "Council staff in pay row strike ballot

"Council staff are being asked to go on strike in an attempt to improve a 1% pay offer

"Public services union Unison will ballot 75,000 members in Scotland's 32 local authorities.

"Stephanie Herd, who leads the union's local government committee, said members are angry at receiving the "miserly" offer after two years of a pay freeze.

""Over this period the value of their pay has gone down by nearly 13%, while the cost of food and heating has soared," she said...."

Radio Forth:  "Scots council staff to be balloted on strike action..."

The Sun: "Council workers are to vote on strike action in a pay battle...."

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