Strike action averted at Careers Scotland

More than 1,000 workers at employment service Careers Scotland have called off strike action scheduled for today after accepting a commitment from the Scottish Enterprise economic development agency to a new pay system.

Two-thirds of union members at Careers Scotland had voted for staff action if talks failed, after a long dispute dating back to March.

Public service union Unison said Scottish Enterprise imposed the existing performance-related pay scheme on its new employees without agreement with the union.

Unison believed that the pay scheme, which the agency has operated for 10 years, was divisive, favouring senior managers and discriminating against women.

“By sticking together and taking the action they have, Careers Scotland members have secured the commitment of Scottish Enterprise to the introduction of a fair and modern pay system, in line with the principles adopted by other public sector employers,” said Unison Scottish organiser Joe Di Paola.

“They also have Scottish Enterprise committed to agreeing this with the unions rather than imposing it, as they did previously.”

Careers Scotland has been part of the economic development agency since 2002.


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