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.

Speaking today COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “The offer we have made to the trade unions does two things.  

Firstly, it shows that we as employers’ value our workforce very highly and secondly it reminds people that our workforce, which delivers the essential services we all rely on, is as important as other parts of the public-sector workforce.

“The bottom line is that the proposals on offer for the whole local government workforce will cost over £350 million this year.  That is a £350 million investment in our workforce an investment that will cascade down to local communities and local economies, through the essential services being delivered.  

“Nobody should underestimate that investment in the workforce. The bulk of our workforce - an incredible 99.7% will get a three per cent pay increase.

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison added: “Scotland’s Councils value our workforce highly and we want to see parity across that workforce and parity with other parts of the public sector.

£350 million is a massive investment in our workforce.  I ask the trade unions to take a realistic approach and accept our offer.  Let us work together for a fairer local government settlement from the Scottish Government.   

“As employers, we always have two things running side by side to balance.  Firstly, the need to maintain and protect essential services for our communities and secondly the ability to make a fair offer to our workforce which we value highly.

“This is not always an easy or a comfortable balancing act, but what Council Leaders have come up with this year for our workforce attempts to meet these twin aspirations.

“Given that there is no money for pay in our settlement from Scottish Government for the general workforce, unlike other parts of the public sector, increasing pay beyond this level of 3% would mean more job losses and reducing essential services even further.”

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Sun, 16/09/2018 - 23:01