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£1 Per Hour Claim For Scottish Council Workers

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GMB To Launch Claim For £1 An Hour Increase For Scotland’s Council Workers In 2015/16 Pay Round With Photo Calls On Friday 14th Nov At 10 Locations

Members across Scotland say that in their experience you need at least £10 an hour and a full working week to have a decent life free from benefits and tax credits says GMB Scotland

GMB Scotland will submit a claim to COSLA on 14 November 2014 in Edinburgh for an increase of £1 per hour towards the GMB Congress target of a living wage of at least £10 per hour.

The items in the claim are as follows: £1 an hour increase on all hourly rates of pay, consolidation of living wage supplements and the removal of all pay points below the living wage pay level The due date for the next review of pay is 1st April 2015.

GMB Scotland will launch this pay campaign with photo calls at 10 locations across Scotland with of some of the 20,000 GMB members employed by Scottish local authorities.

During the photocalls they will hold up large replica of a £1 coin – with diameter of 1 metre-  at the locations and times specified below on Friday 14 November 2014:

Inverclyde

8.00am

All Saints Primary School

Blairmore Road

Greenock  PA15 3js

East Ayrshire

8.40am

GMB Office

9 The Foregate

Kilmarnock KA1 1LU

Renfrewshire Council

8.45am

Renfrewshire House

Cotton Street

Paisley PA1 1UJ

Glasgow City Council

9.30am

City Chambers

George Square

Glasgow G2 1DU

South Lanarkshire

10.15am

Council HQ

Almada Street

Hamilton ML3 0AA

North Lanarkshire

11am

Taylor High School

Carfin Street

Motherwell ML1 4JP

Fife Council

11am

Valley House

44 Hill Street

Cowdenbeath KY4 9DE

West Lothian

11.30am

West Lothian Council

Howden South Road

Livingston  EH54 6FF

COSLA Offices

12.15pm

19 Haymarket Yards

Edinburgh

EH12 5BH

Dundee City Council

1pm

Caird Hall

City Square

Dundee  DD1 3BB

 

Alex McLuckie, GMB Scotland’s Senior Organiser, said “GMB is kicking off this campaign for Scottish local council workers to receive a £1 an hour increase on their basic salary from April 2015. This is a step towards the target of a living wage of £10 per hour set by GMB Congress in 2014.

GMB members across Scotland say that in their experience you need at least £10 an hour and a full working week to have a decent life free from benefits and tax credits. Less than £10 an hour means just existing not living. It means a life of isolation, unable to socialise. It means a life of constant anxiety over paying bills and of borrowing from friends, family and pay day loan sharks just to make ends meet."

Many of our members provide vital frontline services and while these jobs are crucial to many of Scotland’s councils, the people providing these services are some of the lowest of paid.

Over the years Scotland’s council workers have either received a minimal pay rise or no pay rise at all. Further to this many GMB members may have suffered a cut in earnings through hours being reduced, while at the same time having their workload increased with staff leaving without being replaced.

With the reality of low pay and increasing workloads, coupled with the vital services which our members provide for Scotland’s councils, GMB Scotland believe £1 an hour rise on all basic salaries is a way of acknowledging the work done by Scotland’s council workers.”

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Contact Alex McLuckie 07885 348269 or 0141 332 8641 or GMB press office 07921 289880

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