One-day pay strike brings Scottish councils to a halt

Local government across Scotland was crippled by industrial action last week when 70,000 Unison members took part in a one-day strike over pay.

All 32 councils were affected when staff and manual workers walked out in protest at a below-inflation pay offer of 2.5 per cent.

Council staff have received below inflation wage awards for five of the last six years.

Unison, GMB and the T&G rejected the offer, which the councils claimed was the most they could afford.

Employers have offered to lobby the Scottish executive with the unions to try to reverse the Government’s decision not to fund local government pay awards.

Unison will decide whether to go ahead with further action this week.

The unions had demanded a 5 per cent rise or a £5 per hour minimum wage.

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