Unions receive a new salary offer from council leaders

Unions receive a new salary offer from council leaders

Unions receive a new salary offer from council leaders

Further strikes are scheduled for next week (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Wire)

Further strikes are scheduled for next week (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Wire)

Council leaders presented a new salary offer to trade unions following lengthy negotiations aimed at averting further strikes in Scotland.

The dispute saw piles of rubbish build up in city centers as waste workers went on strike.

Talks between the Prime Minister, trade unions and local authority leaders continued until Thursday evening at Edinburgh’s St Andrews House.

Cosla leaders began talks at 9am on Friday to discuss a new offer to be presented to the unions.

That new offer, the details of which have not yet been published, was received by the unions in the afternoon.

Strikes scheduled for next week could be suspended if the offer is accepted by union representatives.

Cosla Resources Spokesperson Katie Hagmann said, “First I would like to thank all of our union colleagues for constructive discussions.

“The revised offering shows that Scottish council leaders have listened to the concerns of our workforce and responded positively.

“Council leaders have consistently stated during these negotiations that we greatly appreciate and are grateful to the local government workforce.

“We sent letters to our union colleagues after today’s meeting and we hope that this will allow the strike to be suspended and allow our workforce to get back to doing what it does best, providing essential high quality services for people at the within our communities throughout Scotland. “

Labor MSP Mark Griffin said of the revised deal: “This news will come as a relief to millions of Scots and our struggling municipal employees, but this SNP government is to blame for these weeks of chaos.

Labor said the Scottish government should have acted sooner to resolve the dispute (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Wire)

Labor said the Scottish government should have acted sooner to resolve the dispute (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA Wire)

“Communities across Scotland have experienced weeks of disruption and disruption due to the intransigence of this SNP government.

“It’s just not good enough that it took weeks of union action to embarrass the SNP government.

“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. “

Earlier on Friday, a union official said the talks at St Andrews House were “constructive” despite ending without a deal.

Johanna Baxter, head of local government at Unison Scotland, told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland program that things were more optimistic than 24 hours ago and that there was “a willingness on all sides to get moving.”

He added: “I think the judgment for Cosla leaders this morning is whether they have enough to provide what we need for our members.”

He said Thursday’s marathon talks, chaired by Nicola Sturgeon, looked at how much money was on the table and how it was built.

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon presided over the talks on Thursday (Jane Barlow / PA) (PA Wire)

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon presided over the talks on Thursday (Jane Barlow / PA) (PA Wire)

“Unison’s position has always been that if we talked about a lump sum – like in the salary claim, so £ 3,000 for everyone – then we wouldn’t have any debate on the lump sum,” Ms Baxter said.

“The difficulty obviously was the money and how much money there was on the table.

“The difficulty we encounter in particular in the last week is the fact that in any case you cut the 5% that was on the table in terms of consolidated money, and this is recurring, then you don’t get a flat rate that has worked for the majority. . “

A spokesperson for GMB Scotland said: “We believe progress has been made and hope that last night’s negotiations will result in a new offer which can be submitted to our local government committee for review.”

Further strikes by waste workers are planned for next week, with staff from several local authorities expected to leave for eight days.

School and early childhood workers will also take part in a three-day strike in some areas.

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