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Scottish council workers to take industrial action

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Unison Scotland members have voted in favour of industrial action over local government pay.

The trade union balloted just over 71,000 members in local government between September 9 and 29. Of about 17,000 members who returned their ballots, 53.5% voted to take action.

Douglas Black, Unison regional officer for local government, said: “We will be running a programme of action which will affect every area of Scotland.

“We do not take decisions like this lightly.

“Our members know how many people rely on our services. But local government pay has dropped 14% since 2007. We have seen 39,400 job losses.

“And Unison members feel they have to say enough is enough.

“This is a clear democratic decision, and our action will start in October. Our demands are simple: fair pay for all workers and an end to low pay, and for employers get back round the table to discuss the big issues facing local government. There is real anger out there and so they need to talk to us as soon as possible.’’

The union said Scottish employers had imposed a below-inflation pay award of one per cent on members from April 1.

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