Unions want a 6.5% pay rise

The Herald - - NEWS -

UNION lead­ers have in­sisted de­mands for a 6.5 per cent pay rise for coun­cil work­ers are “re­al­is­tic”.

Uni­son, Unite and the GMB want staff to have a salary in­crease of ei­ther £1,500 or 6.5 per cent, de­pend­ing on which is greater.

The unions sub­mit­ted their pay claim for 2018/19 to lo­cal gov­ern­ment body Cosla, say­ing a rise of this level was needed for work­ers’ pay to in­crease in line with in­fla­tion. It is also de­signed to start to ad­dress the real-terms loss of earn­ings staff suf­fered when public sec­tor pay was capped.

Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Derek Mackay ful­filled a pledge to lift the one per cent pay cap in his draft Bud­get.

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