Date: 5 Feb 2008
Council allows discussions to fail - strike going ahead in Argyll
Discussions took place yesterday between UNISON, UNITE, and Argyll
and Bute Council, over the ongoing Single Status dispute. Although
some progress was made initially, and the Union side were ready
and willing to continue these discussions, the Council were not
prepared to proceed any further.
By the time the Council had terminated the talks, agreement had
not been reached on sufficient of the matters under discussion for
the Union side to call off the industrial action. UNISON are surprised
and dismayed that the Council has squandered this opportunity to
move towards a resolution of the dispute, but remain willing to
engage in further discussions with the Council.
Information from earlier releases regarding the Industrial Action
The strike is to take place over the 5-7 February, and will affect
services across the Council - closing offices and shutting down
key transport links such as the Gourock-Dunoon Ferry (which docks
at the Council staffed Dunoon Pier).
The action will also affect schools, home care services, libraries,
roads maintenance, and many other key services in local communities.
UNISON has agreed to exemptions covering Ferry Services, Piers,
and the Standby Service for Winter Maintenance (gritting of roads,
etc.) where the emergency services (e.g. Police, Fire, Ambulance,
Medical) make a specific request.
There will be a major rally on the 7 February in the Queen's Hall,
Dunoon at 12 noon. Strike action is also being taken by UNITE members
in the Council on the same days.
For further details etc. please contact: Donald Brown, Branch
Chairperson, Mobile Tel. No. 07770 308062. or Duncan Dewar, Communications
Officer, Mobile Tel. No. 07717 686442.
Notes to Editors
Single Status is a national agreement at Scottish level to harmonise
conditions of service and address pay equality issues between different
categories of local government employees. It provides a framework,
with many key details to be agreed (or in some cases imposed) at
The Argyll and Bute Branch are working to achieve a fair local
settlement for our members, in the face of Argyll and Bute Council's
attempts to impose its proposals to the detriment of all employees.