The payment offer should have come earlier, opposition parties say

The payment offer should have come earlier, opposition parties say

The payment offer should have come earlier, opposition parties say

Overflowing Bins on the Streets of Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Wire)

Overflowing Bins on the Streets of Edinburgh (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Wire)

Opposition parties said ending the looming threat of strikes by municipal workers would see Scots breathe a sigh of relief, but that a deal should have been reached sooner.

Strikes that are expected to take place north of the border next week have been suspended after unions received a new salary offer from local authority leaders.

Scottish Labor said people across the country had “suffered weeks of disruption and unrest due to the intransigence of this SNP government” while Conservatives said the strikes “could and should have been stopped much sooner”.

STUC Secretary General Roz Foyer praised the actions of the unions (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Wire)

STUC Secretary General Roz Foyer praised the actions of the unions (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Wire)

The original deal offered by council umbrella Cosla was 2%, but under the latest offer to union members, lower-paid municipal workers will see their wage packages increase by about 10%.

Roz Foyer, general secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, said that “unions work”.

“This offer would not have been possible without the solidarity of our collective movement. As it should be, it is now up to the members to decide whether to accept this proposal, ”she said.

The deal was reached after the marathon of talks between Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Cosla and the unions on Thursday.

Conservative MSP Craig Hoy criticized Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Fraser Bremner / PA) (PA Archive)

Conservative MSP Craig Hoy criticized Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Fraser Bremner / PA) (PA Archive)

Craig Hoy, president of the Scottish Conservatives, said the Prime Minister “had been missing in action for weeks”.

“As he wandered around the Edinburgh Fringe with famous friends – rather than intervening in a dispute his government was responsible for – garbage was piling up on the streets outside,” he said.

“This quarrel stemmed from years of systematic underfunding of local authorities by the SNP government, which left Scottish councils unable to meet the wage demands of workers struggling with rising cost of living.”

Bins along Glasgow's Buchanan Street overflow with rubbish (Jane Barlow / PA) (PA Wire)

Bins along Glasgow’s Buchanan Street overflow with rubbish (Jane Barlow / PA) (PA Wire)

Mark Griffin, a spokesman for the Scottish Labor local government, said the resolution “will come as a relief to millions of Scots and our troubled municipal employees, but this SNP government is to blame for these weeks of chaos.”

“It just isn’t good enough that it took weeks of union action to embarrass the SNP government,” the MSP said.

“This will not be the last labor dispute of the year. With sector after sector voting for action, the SNP government must realize that it cannot continue to approach industrial relations in this disgusting and harmful way. “

Alex Cole-Hamilton asked for a funding package

Alex Cole-Hamilton asked for an “adequate” funding package (Lesley Martin / PA) (PA Wire)

Alex Cole-Hamilton, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said it was a source of “enormous frustration to residents in Edinburgh and across Scotland that Nicola Sturgeon staged five festival appearances and a flight to Copenhagen before clean streets and a adequate remuneration agreement for workers “.

“The Prime Minister only showed up to negotiate when it was clear that an agreement was about to be concluded,” he said.

“Now he has to come to parliament next week and announce an appropriate funding package that will undo his decade of local government cuts.”

Dougie Reid, leader of the SNP Cosla group, said he was “happy” that the agreement was reached and that “the employees of the board deserve their hard work being properly evaluated”.

“The SNP brokered and proposed agreement focuses specifically on the needs and interests of our low-paying employees,” he said.

“Given the financial challenges facing budgets in Scotland, I am grateful for the way the Scottish Government and Cosla have stepped up so that the necessary funding and flexibility have been provided.”

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