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GMB Scotland Media Statement - COSLA talks update

Tuesday, August 23, 2022


Responding this evening (Tuesday 23 August) to the close of joint trade union talks with COSLA without progress on the local government pay offer, and following meetings of the union’s local government committee, GMB Scotland Senior Organiser Keir Greenaway said:

“The fact that COSLA couldn’t even commit to the basic principle of a flat rate offer which would help the lowest paid is bitterly disappointing and frankly shameful.

“Strike action in Edinburgh continues, GMB members in waste and recycling services across sixteen councils will start strikes this Friday, and members in Glasgow and East Renfrewshire schools and early years will strike from 6 September.

“Our members are angry about the lack of value being shown to them by political leaders and scared about the prospect of pay that doesn’t confront a cost-of-living crisis that’s getting worse by the week. 

“COSLA leaders meet again on Friday, and they have got to do so much better, because until our members concerns are addressed, strikes will continue, and they will grow.”


Contact: GMB Scotland Senior Organiser Keir Greenaway on 07855 017842 or GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.

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