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Perthshire Schools Set to be Impacted by Latest Pay Row

Tayside Contracts who are a member of the trade union, Unite, have now voted in favour of in industrial action.  Due to industrial action, schools across Perth and Kinross will now be impacted.

Unite will be finalising the strike dates in the coming week with action in refuse and waste services expected to begin in mid-August.  Action specifically impacting schools is expected to begin in early September. 

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “The message for both the Scottish Government and COSLA is crystal clear: thousands upon thousands of members won’t tolerate real terms pay cuts anymore, and they have had enough.

“Our members are being forced to take this action due to a derisory pay offer, and we will support them in this fight for better jobs, pay and conditions in local government.”

The trade union which represents thousands of local government workers balloted its members in schools and cleansing across all Scottish councils.

Along with the strikes in Perth and Kinross, Unite the union confirm a total of 26 councils are set to face targeted action some of these. Councils include Glasgow City, Dumfries and Galloway, South Lanarkshire

Unite the union confirmed on Wednesday 27 July that they rejected a 2% pay increase and instead voted for industrial action.

Wendy Dunsmore, Unite industrial officer, added: “Our members are at the end of their patience. They are being forced to take this action due to being completely undervalued despite working throughout the pandemic.

“Let’s be clear here: a 2% pay offer when the broader cost of living is at 11.8% is a punishing real terms pay cut.

“In the coming weeks we will now plan for targeted strike action in 26 councils across Scotland and the blame for this lies squarely with COSLA and the First Minister.”

It is reported that 250,000 of council workers earn less than £25,000 per annum for a 37-hour week.

Unite have warned both the Scottish Government and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) that the current 2% offer is unacceptable and demeaning.

Unite has welcomed movement by COSLA in calling for a higher pay offer of 5 per cent if the Scottish Government allocates extra cash to fund an improved pay offer.

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