Employers

COSLA RESPONSE TO LATEST PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Responding to the information contained in the latest public sector employment statistics, a COSLA Spokesperson said:

“Job losses in councils has been an ever present for a number of years now. In the region of 60% of the costs of providing council services is in the pay bill. When government cuts funds to councils, job losses are an inevitable consequence.

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Fri, 16/06/2017 - 17:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO UNISON REPORT ON PUBLIC SECTOR RECRUITMENT CRISIS DUE TO AGEING WORKFORCE

Responding to the UNISON report, a COSLA Spokesperson said: "We welcome the UNISON research and the contribution it makes to the work we are all engaged in. UNISON has said that there are big issues to consider here, not least of which is the training and skills development of older workers and ensuring that they have options, such as carers leave and part-time work that support them.

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Fri, 16/06/2017 - 17:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO QUERY ON TEACHER PAY TALKS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Talks with the Teachers Unions and the Scottish Government over pay and other conditions of service will resume on 22 June after a break for the local government elections.

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Wed, 07/06/2017 - 17:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO TEACHER PAY STATEMENT AT EIS AGM 2017

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The local government elections have delayed our re-engagement in pay talks with the Teachers Trade Unions but this should be rectified fairly soon.
 
“We did in fact propose to the EIS and others in March, in our opening discussions, that they should now accept the 1% uplift in pay on offer to all local government workers and we could deal with the other aspects of their claim later, but they declined that opportunity. This would have allowed the pay increase for teachers to be implemented in time for the April application date.
 

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Mon, 05/06/2017 - 17:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO UNISON SCOTLAND MEDIA RELEASE - INDUSTRIAL BALLOT

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The bottom line is that in the current financial climate this is both a fair and a reasonable offer that councils as employers have put on the table. We fully recognise that our trade union colleagues have their processes to go through. 

"The ballot closes next week so this looks like a final push to get people to have their say. We hope to be back round the table with the Unions after the result of the ballot is known.”

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Fri, 19/05/2017 - 17:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO TEACHER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION STATUTORY RESPONSIBILITY QUERY

A COSLA spokesperson said: "Yes, councils have statutory responsibility for teacher recruitment.

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Tue, 09/05/2017 - 17:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO ENQUIRY ABOUT TEACHER RECRUITMENT

A Cosla Spokesperson said: "This is an issue where there are some problems.  

"It is for these issues that a joint workforce planning group has been established with COSLA, Scottish Government, ADES, the unions and the GTC to look at the issue on a national basis across the board.

"In addition at an individual council level Councils have their own strategies in place for trying to alleviate some of the issues.

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Tue, 09/05/2017 - 17:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO UNISON RELEASE STATING THERE IS NO HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT WORKERS

Councillor Billy Hendry, COSLA Spokesperson for Strategic Human Resource Management said:
 

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Thu, 05/01/2017 - 18:00