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

COSLA comment on equal pay claims

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “The first thing to say is that it is not for COSLA to comment on equal pay agreements that are made at an individual level with authorities.

“What I can say however is that Councils have endeavoured to settle all legitimate claims as quickly as possible and will continue to do so. In addition, Councils will continue to meet their commitments in relation to employers’ obligations around tax and NI.

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Fri, 18/05/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on teaching numbers

"There can be no doubt that all councils are aware of  the need to continue to deliver on teacher numbers and to achieve the national pupil: teacher ratio. 

"All councils are aware of the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution regarding the continued funding package to maintain teacher numbers.

"Undoubtedly, against the backdrop of sustained cuts to local government budgets, all councils are considering a range of options for cost savings at this time, in order to balance budgets for the coming year."

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Thu, 18/01/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on women and leadership roles in education

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Councils are equal opportunities employers who are committed to creating a workplace environment that supports both women and men to fulfil their career aspirations.

"Some 56% of Directors of Education are women, and within schools extensive family-friendly policies, regular equal pay audits and gender pay gap analyses continue to help Councils address any barriers to women progressing to promoted posts."

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Mon, 15/01/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on job losses in councils

Commenting on the job losses in councils over the past few years quoted in today’s press (9th January) a COSLA Spokesperson said:

"As we say in our document 'Essential Services' we have seen the local government workforce reduce dramatically over the last five years and today’s media highlight an unpalatable situation

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Tue, 09/01/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on settlement agreements

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Authorities use settlement agreements in particular circumstances, where by mutual consent, the employee will leave the organisation. It is agreed without prejudice to the normal legal rights of the individual.

"It effectively concludes the working relationship by closing off any potential outstanding issues and ensures the departure from the organisation is without subsequent Employment Tribunal, grievance or any other claims which might, potentially, have cost implications for the council and by extension the public purse.

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Tue, 14/11/2017 - 17:00


A COSLA Spokesperson commented: "Scottish Local Authorities provide dedicated support for all employees who experience mental health problems. All of our employees are valued public servants, providing essential services to communities across Scotland and we work in partnership with their Trade Unions and professional associations to make sure the support on offer is appropriate and accessible".

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Wed, 18/10/2017 - 16:00