Date: Fri 22 August 2008
Successful strike action brings reopening of talks
The 24 hour stoppage that closed and disrupted council services
across Scotland on Wednesday has won a reopening of talks with the
employers, the main council union - UNISON said today.
A meeting of UNISON's Scottish local government branches today
welcomed the news that council employers had suggested further talks,
and congratulated the members who struck last Wednesday.
Dougie Black, UNISON regional Officer and Secretary to the TU negotiators
said "We are pleased that CoSLA has approached us to reopen talks
on this years pay award, following the successful strike by members
of the three unions on Wednesday. We also note that the invitation
to talks addresses some of the contentious issues. Obviously we
want a solution to this dispute, so we hope that discussions around
a new offer more acceptable to our members can start quickly."
The meeting of branches welcomed the news but also agreed to maintain
the dispute and make preparations for further strike action in the
event of any failure of talks.
Dougie Black said "Members made it very clear on Wednesday that
they want a settlement that protects them from inflation and does
not lock them in to multi-year awards. The talks are welcome but
are not in themselves a solution. We will be talking to our fellow
unions to agree future action should it be required, and will announce
For Further Information Please Contact: Matt Smith (Scottish
Secretary) - 07771 548 997 (m) Dougie Black (Secretary - TU negotiators)
- 07958 121 851(m) Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) - 07715
583 729 (m)