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GMB Scotland Welcome Cosla Pay Offer

GMB Scotland welcome Cosla pay offer as "Welcome step in the right direction" but says more talks are needed to arrive at negotiated settlement.

GMB is delighted to see a living wage coming in across all Councils as this has been a long held goal for us which will introduce the living wage to 17,000 workers in Local Government in Scotland.

GMB Scotland, the union for Local Government Workers, received an offer from the Employers organisation COSLA to increase pay by 1% for Council workers from 1 April 2013. The offer also includes a proposal to bring in a living wage of £7.50 per hour in every council in Scotland.

Alex McLuckie Senior Organiser for Public Sector said "This is welcome step in the right direction. GMB are determined to see an end to the pay freeze this year. GMB is content that we have taken this step to achieve this. GMB is delighted to see a living wage coming in across all Councils as this has been a long held goal for us. This will introduce the living wage to 17,000 workers in Local Government in Scotland.

However after 3 years of wage restraint GMB does not believe the increase of 1 % is enough to address the drop in living standards our members have seen and will continue to see with this offer.

GMB will be seeking more negotiations to try and improve on this but it is an encouraging start to this pay round”

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Contact: Alex McLuckie, GMB Senior Organiser for Public Sector on 07885 348 269 or 0141 332 8641.

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