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'LACK OF COUNCIL MOVEMENT LEADS TO STRIKE ESCALATION'

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Despite announcements of slackening of future financial settlements, by Jack McConnell on Monday, Scottish council ...
Despite announcements of slackening of future financial settlements, by Jack McConnell on Monday, Scottish council employers refused to negotiate any movement on their 'first and final' pay offer at local government pay talks last night. Scottish councils merely reiterated the repackaging of their 2.5% offer at a meeting with the unions.

Following the negotiations a meeting of all UNISON's local government branches agreed to carry on with a planned one day strike on 20 September. They will also organise a major demonstration in Edinburgh to coincide with the finance minister's statement on future local government settlements in the Scottish parliament.

Joe Di Paola, UNISON's Scottish organiser for local government, said:

'We are gravely disappointed that, despite some flexibility introduced by Jack McConnell negotiation still appears to be beyond Scottish councils. Our members have no alternative now, but to continue with the day's strike action on the 20 September, and to proceed to ballot small groups of key members to take indefinite action, moving the disruption away from the public and into the heart of Scottish councils.'

The selective action is planned to start once groups of staff in most Scottish councils are ready. UNISON is not revealing exactly where these staff are based at this time but it will include groups like financial workers who collect debts for councils, mail room staff, committee clerks, telephonists and computer staff, People whose absence will have a major impact on council running.
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