COVID-19 Employee Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following FAQs have been developed jointly between COSLA and the SJC Trade Unions (UNISON, Unite and the GMB) to help Local Government employees understand the national COVID-19 advice. This advice does not seek to replace that of your employer and you should refer to your own Councils guidance on how they are responding to COVID-19 locally.

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Thu, 26/03/2020 - 19:30

Pay deal agreed with Local Government workforce

COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor today (Friday) expressed her absolute delight at securing a deal on pay with the SJC.

Councillor Gail Macgregor said: "I am absolutely delighted to announce that we have a deal with the SJC Trade Unions.

"I am very pleased that the SJC have seen what a great deal this is and have now formally accepted the three year pay offer which we as Employers worked so hard to put on the table.

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Fri, 01/03/2019 - 17:27

COSLA comment on Pupil Equity Fund

A COSLA spokesperson said: "This is a perfect illustration of why the Pupil Equity Fund gives neither councils nor employees the security we need.

"It is short term funding which is only guaranteed until the end of this parliament and yet the services it provides have become an essential and core component of our work in improving attainment and closing the attainment gap."

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Tue, 29/01/2019 - 10:36

COSLA comment on EIS survey results

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "COSLA, and our members Councils, are working hard across Scotland to address issues which contribute to on-going pressures on our teaching work force and work continues to deliver locally empowered education systems for headteachers, teachers and support staff.
"COSLA will meet EIS shortly to discuss policy matters of common interest and many of the issues highlighted by this survey will no doubt be discussed then."
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Thu, 24/01/2019 - 18:00

COSLA comment on UNITE's rejection of pay offer

COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: "I am bitterly disappointed with today’s decision by UNITE to recommend rejection of the pay offer. Especially as it comes on the back of lengthy but constructive negotiations."

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Thu, 10/01/2019 - 18:00

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 - 14:23

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 - 17:00

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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Mon, 17/09/2018 - 00:01

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 - 17:00

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 - 17:00