Local government pay ballot 2021

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Your pay, your say – Vote to ACCEPT now

You can read the employer’s offer letter here.   They key elements of the offer are: 

  • An increase in the Scottish Local Government Living Wage (SLGLW) hourly rate to £9.78. 
  • An £850 flat rate increase for those earning less than £25,000 annually (4.72% – 3.43% depending on starting salary).  Note this covers national Spinal Column Points 2-40 and is calculated on a nominal 37 hour working week. 
  • A 2% increase for those earning between £25,000 and £40,000 annually 
  • A 1% increase for those earning between £40,000 and £80,000 annually 
  • A £800 flat rate increase for those earning more than £80,000 annually 
  • A back dating of the implementation date of the pay award and the increase in the SLGLW to 1 January 2021. To be clear this takes the value of the flat rate increase from £850 to approximately £1,062 in the year 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022. While it is acknowledged that the backdating element of the increase is non-recurring it equates to a 5.89% increase in the year for those earning at the current SLGLW rate. 
  • A 2% uplift of all nationally agreed allowances in line with the percentage uplift for those earning £25,000 to £40,000. This does not apply to First Aid and Distant Isles Allowances which are agreed separately. 
  • A commitment to providing an equivalent offer to all Local Government bargaining groups and have done so based on the settlement provided.  We understand that the Teaching unions requested a non-differentiated uplift (i.e. the same % to apply to all regardless of current salary) and that they have been offered a 1.22% uplift to all SNCT pay points. 
  • A commitment to continue to discuss the matter of professional fees associated with role in future out-with this settlement. 
  • A commitment to exploring with us ways in which we could achieve a no-detriment reduction in the working week. 

In recommending this offer to you the Local Government Committee were mindful that:  

  • Significant progress has been made in negotiations with the employer – we have moved the amount of money the employer is offering those on the lowest pay up by a third and our negotiations have secured an additional £86m of investment into the pay bill. 
  • 55% of local government workers earn below £25k per annum and the flat rate increase secured for those workers is the highest single uplift in a one year settlement for the lowest paid that has been achieved and is higher than those on equivalent pay points received in the NHS.   
  • The increases for those on median and higher rates of pay are in line with the wider Scottish public sector pay policy and agreements reach in other public sector organisations. 
  • The principle of parity across the local government bargaining groups is reaffirmed and an equivalent offer has been made to them on this basis.  SJC workers on the lowest pay will receive a higher percentage uplift than that proposed for their Teaching colleagues. 
  • Additional work will be undertaken to address the issues of work-life balance and the burden of professional fees. 
  • Whilst the offer does not meet all aspects of the claim it makes progress in all areas of it.  If the offer is rejected we would have to proceed with the selective strike action in those branches that secured a mandate amongst their school cleaning, school catering, school janitorial, waste and recycling staff, and look at the possibility of conducting additional statutory ballots for industrial action in other service groups. 

The progress made has been as a direct result of the campaign that we have built and all of the actions you have taken as part of that throughout the year. 

The ballot is open until midday on 29th November so please vote before then!