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Dear GMB Member
GMB Scotland in West Lothian Council - Industrial Action Ballot Result
Thank you to all our members who voted in the industrial action ballot against WLC’s attempts to impose a revised Policy on the Misuse of Alcohol, Drugs and Other Substances.
You have voted by 83.9% in favour of taking strike action.
The policy that WLC want to impose is blatantly unfair. The council's D&A policy must be consistently applied to every employee, not just those in selected services.
Our priority is the defence of your interests and GMB will not stand while our members have to be randomly tested while other employees don't - it sets a dangerous precedent.
WLC cannot point to any evidence that suggests there is an issue with alcohol or substance misuse within the council, with existing policy only used a handful of times in the last 5 years.
If the new policy is imposed WLC would be only the second council in Scotland to introduce random testing; the other being the Orkney Islands Council for their sea-faring staff.
GMB will now ask for urgent talks with WLC seeking equality of testing throughout the council, with our preferred approach being a 'with cause' testing regime.
Proper consultation is the way forward. If WLC do not react positively to our very reasonable proposals then we will serve notice and set dates for industrial action.
GMB Scotland Organiser
Dear GMB member,
GMB Scotland in West Lothian Council - Industrial Action Ballot
Your industrial action ballot is posted today, Wednesday 14 August, it is vitally important that you Vote YES and return the ballot as soon as possible.
The revised Drug and Alcohol policy is clearly unfair, unjust and over the top.
West Lothian Council can not and have not provided evidence to suggest there is an issue with Drugs and Alcohol that requires this heavy handed approach that goes beyond every other council in Scotland.
The list of safety critical jobs unfairly and unjustly targets some workers for random testing, GMB believes there should be equity across the whole workforce.
Is it fair that the Chief Executive earning £140,000 won't be randomly tested but you will be?
Please Vote YES in your industrial action ballot and GMB will campaign for the policy to be changed to 'with cause' testing for all which is the fairest and safest approach.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with me at email@example.com, or by calling the office on 0131 322 9270.
Keir GreenawayGMB Scotland Organiser