Reaction as no new pay offer tabled by COSLA
Responding to the outcome of today’s (Friday 5 August) COSLA leaders meeting and the failure to bring forward a new pay offer for the consideration of Scottish local government staff, GMB Scotland Senior Organiser Keir Greenaway said:
“The ongoing inaction on pay will only increase the anger and fear among our members – anger about the total lack of value being shown to them and fear about what the winter will bring.
“In the six months since the 2 per cent was rejected, staff have suffered badly in a cost-of-living crisis that’s now spiralling out of control. More of our members are affected by debt, fuel poverty, and hunger, and this will only get worse with further rises to inflation and energy bills.
“This is also exposing a huge gulf between our political leaders and frontline workers. It is shameful that swathes of our public services are delivered by people in working poverty and it’s disturbing that our political leaders won’t confront it.
“This crisis will turn into a catastrophe for tens of thousands of key workers, and more councils will face more strikes, unless a significantly improved pay offer is tabled.”
Contact: GMB Scotland Communications on 07976 447077.