Aberdeen City Council faces walkouts over equal pay

Aberdeen City Council is facing the prospect of two strikes over its continuing equal pay row with unions.

The Transport and General Workers’ Union is holding two mass meetings this week to update members on negotiations over the pay review.

In August last year, about 2,000 employees were warned they could face paycuts of up to £16,000 as part of the council-wide job evaluation scheme. The unions agreed to lift the threat of industrial action after the council agreed to look again at the process.

In a separate dispute, more than 500 members will receive ballot papers about strike action over backdated bonus payments owed to mainly catering and cleaning staff.

If strike action is agreed, a series of 48-hour walk-outs is planned.

If the union’s entire council membership of about 1,500 staff decide to continue the dispute after today’s meetings, they too will be balloted on industrial action next month.


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