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COSLA PROTESTS OVER PUBLIC PAY FREEZE

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The government's call for a public sector pay bill freeze is yet another attempt to undermine collective bargaining...
The government's call for a public sector pay bill freeze is yet another attempt to undermine collective bargaining, according to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and the local government unions.

In a joint statement issued last week COSLA and the unions attacked the government's suggestion that pay increases can be financed by improved productivity. 'This is a simplistic notion and one which cannot be achieved in the public sector without the prospect of major cuts in jobs and services', it says.

The statement acknowledges that pay talks this year will be tough for the employers because of 'the lack of adequate central government funding' and for the staff side because of direct and indirect tax increases that came into force this month.

'Despite these difficulties, both isdes intend to enter into the negotations in good faith expecting that a negotiated settlement will be achieved, thereby maintinaing the integrity of the free collective bargaining process', it says.
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