GMB Scotland members accept local government pay deal

GMB SCOTLAND members have voted to accept this year's local government pay offer from COSLA.

The offer would see employees earning less than £35,000 a year, based on a 37-hour working week, receive a flat payment of £350. Those earning more than £35,000 will receive a one per cent pay rise.

In a consultative ballot, 69 per cent of the union's members voted in favour of the deal.

GMB Scotland said the offer represents the best deal that can be achieved without resorting to industrial action.

Tony Dowling, the union's senior officer for public services, said: "We will now be looking for the employers to make good on their commitment to pay strategy group for local government in which GMB Scotland will make the case for the inconsistencies arising in local government pay to be dealt with fairly."

However, he warned, further cuts to Scottish councils are "simply not sustainable".

"Looking ahead, local and national politicians, and candidates in the upcoming local government elections, should be in no doubt that acceptance of this pay deal does not indicate acceptance of the current direction of travel in Scottish councils," Dowling said.

"We cannot keep accelerating austerity in Scotland on to local public services and hard-pressed council staff."