UNISON North Lanarkshire members in North Lanarkshire Council and North Lanarkshire Leisure will take part in strike action on 21 October 2014 in the Scottish wide fight for fair pay.
John Mooney, Branch Secretary said “It’s time to stand together against real terms pay cuts, for too long our pay has decreased whilst everyone’s job gets harder due to austerity cuts. UNISON’s pay claim of £1 per hour plus the consolidation of the living wage for low paid members will go some way to addressing the legacy of low pay rises which has left Scottish Local Government staff as the lowest paid in the public sector. COSLA’s derisory 1% increase which was imposed on us just shows that the financial needs of our members are not recognised by the employers.”
Marie Quigley, Branch Chairperson said “We expect to cause disruption right across Council services due to the essential roll our members play in service delivery to the community. No-one takes the decision to take strike action lightly but the blame falls squarely on COSLA’s shoulders. Shame on them for not recognising our members worth and paying them a fair wage.”
UNISON intends to follow this day of action with selective action across the country in the coming weeks and months.