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GMB Scotland LG Pay Consultation

Thursday, March 7, 2013

GMB Scotland to consult members on new pay offer for local government workers for 2013.

GMB Scotland will have a clear indication of what members want GMB to do after the consultation ends on Wednesday, 27th March 2013.

GMB Scotland today 7th March has begun a consultation with the 23,000 members employed by Scottish councils on a new pay offer for 2013. The consultation ends on Wednesday 27th March.

The pay offer made by the Local Government Employers’ Organisation COSLA is for a 1% increase in pay and will bring in a living wage of £7.50 across all councils in Scotland.

GMB members employed in all council jobs including home care, catering, cleaning, janitorial, roads, refuse collection, grounds maintenance, social work and school support staff are being asked in the consultation exercise to accept or reject the pay offer.

Alex McLuckie, GMB Scotland’s Senior Organiser for Local Government said, "It is difficult to predict the result of this consultation exercise. Local government workers have seen significant falls in their standards of living over the last three years. They may take the view that this offer does not adequately address this fall in their living standards.

GMB Scotland has campaigned to end the pay freeze imposed by the councils and this offer in effect ends the pay freeze. GMB Scotland has also campaigned for the introduction of a living wage in local government and we welcome the decision to introduce this. 17,000 workers will benefit from the introduction of a living wage of £7.50 an hour.

The view that GMB members take on this offer is crucial. GMB Scotland will have a clear indication of what members want GMB to do after the consultation ends on Wednesday, 27th March 2013."

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Contact: Alex McLuckie 0141 352 8141 or 07885 348269 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 067974 251823 or 020 7391 6755/56.

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