COSLA response to Teachers Unions rejection of a 3% pay offer backdated to April

Commenting on the Teachers Unions rejection of a 3% pay offer backdated to April, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said:

“At a time when the resources available to councils continue to reduce, we have dug deep to put an offer of 3% on the table for the entire local government workforce at a cost of £350m.

“This offer matches or betters other offers in the public sector in Scotland, so to say I’m disappointed that it has been rejected is an understatement.

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Thu, 04/10/2018 - 13:23

COSLA comment on public sector pay

COSLA Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor said:

"No one is pretending the austerity of the past decade has been anything other than extremely challenging for the public sector in general and local government in particular.

"We have tried to protect our lowest paid workers by consistently applying or bettering the national Living Wage hourly rate, resulting in more of any available monies for pay being directed to those at the bottom end of council pay scales.

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Sat, 22/09/2018 - 16:00

The value of local government staff recognised with £350 million pound offer to workforce

COSLA today (Monday) said that the £350 million pound offer that Scotland’s Council Leaders have put on the table for the entire local government workforce, at a time of diminishing resources, clearly illustrates that we value our employees very highly.

The offer highlights our commitment to parity across the local government workforce and puts the same value on our staff as those working in the NHS and other parts of the public sector.

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Sun, 16/09/2018 - 23:01

COSLA comment on pay negotiations

COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: "COSLA’s Policy on pay parity across the workforce means that we have to be fair to all of our workforce. That is why the same improved offer has been made to all four of the bargaining groups we are in discussions with. 

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Thu, 06/09/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on Trade Union facility time reporting

A COSLA spokesperson said: “Good industrial relations rely on effective engagement with employees and their representatives. Trade Union facility time is an important component of this and COSLA believes it is right for councils and unions to agree local arrangements for facility time, to suit their own circumstances.”

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Thu, 16/08/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on teacher vacancies

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "It is difficult to comment on numbers as these fluctuate over the school year. However, that aside we do have concerns in relation to vacancies. Both COSLA and Scottish Government recognise teacher vacancies as an on-going pressure and are working together to get a better understanding of the issue and which subjects are most affected.  

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Tue, 14/08/2018 - 15:14

COSLA comment on exit packages for council workers

A COSLA Spokesman said: "Councils have undergone incredible transformational change and reduced many senior posts over the last few years in order to become even more streamlined and efficient.
"When looking at this, we need to see beyond the headline figures, this is not like councils handing over sums of money for people to leave from a zero base.
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Fri, 03/08/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on teacher early retirement

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scottish Local Government is generally doing everything that it can to seek to attract more teachers.   

"However, the recruitment and retention of individual teachers is a matter for each local authority taking account of their own local need and circumstances."

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Sun, 29/07/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on GMB ballot

Responding to the position adopted by the GMB, COSLA Resources Spokesperson, Councillor Gail Macgregor said:
“It’s the role of any trade union to seek to improve the terms and conditions of their members and I entirely get that, however, councils have to operate within the budget available to them.
“COSLA has made the best offer Councils can afford, in line with Scottish Government pay policy. In again supporting the Living Wage, councils workers will benefit from the best hourly rate in local government in the UK outside of London”.

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Fri, 22/06/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on GMB ballot

Councillor Gail Macgregor, COSLA’s resources Spokesperson said: "COSLA’s pay offer for 2018/19 to the entire local government workforce is in line with the new public sector pay policy announced in February by the Scottish Government.
"The offer was made to the GMB, Unison and Unite in the Scottish Joint Council bargaining group in March when the trade union side’s formal position was to ‘note’ the offer at this time and to remain in negotiations.
"GMB’s actions to undertake a consultative ballot is a departure from the formal trade un
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Thu, 24/05/2018 - 16:00