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Council workers vote for three-year pay deal.

Council workers are in line for a 9.5 per cent pay rise after UNISON members voted to accept a pay deal.

The move follows a consultative ballot of UNISON Scotland local government members in which 91 per cent voted in favour of the deal and in record numbers.

Results of the ballot were announced at UNISON Scotland's Local Government Committee this week.

The union is the largest in Scottish local government - representing 80,000 council workers across the country.

The pay offer would deliver 9.5 per cent cost of living increase over three years: 3.5 per cent for 2018-19, three for 2019-20 and three for 2020-21.

In addition it provides a commitment to fully consolidating the living wage, putting more money in the pockets of lower paid council workers, something UNISON has been campaigning on for years.

The award will be backdated to April 1, 2018.

UNISON head of local government Scotland, Johanna Baxter, said: "This is a great outcome, delivered as a direct result of the campaigning activity and political lobbying efforts of UNISON members up and down the country.

"The cost of living increases meet current and projected levels of Retail Price Index (RPI) and we have secured commitments to fully consolidate the living wage and maintain parity across the local government workforce.

"Our members have been waiting on a pay increase for over a year now so look forward to receiving their increase soon."

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Publication:Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser (Lanarkshire, Scotland)
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Date:Feb 20, 2019
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