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Date:Thurs 25 September 2008

UNISON calls on Council Leaders to resolve pay dispute

UNISON, Scotland’s largest council union, today wrote to CoSLA’s lead negotiator and all of Scotland’s council leaders calling for negotiations on the current pay dispute ahead of further action.

This letter follows a successful second day of action by all three council unions - UNISON, GMB and Unite - which disrupted council services across Scotland yesterday.

Matt Smith, UNISON’s Scottish Secretary said:

“We are seeking to break the impasse reported in the press today. Despite CoSLA’s claim that the unions refuse to negotiate, we have always known that the best way to resolve this matter is through a negotiated settlement. Both parties need to be prepared to negotiate and this continues to be our position.”

UNISON points out in the letter that it will also be writing to Scottish Councils warning them of further selective strikes, due to begin on the 6 October should they be required.



A copy of the letter to CoSLA is available from Chris Bartter (below)

For Further Information Please Contact:
Matt Smith (Scottish Secretary) 07771 548 997(m)
Dougie Black (Regional Organiser) - 07592 428 510 (m)
Glyn Hawker (Scottish Organiser) – 07876 441 237 (m)
Chris Bartter (Communications Officer) – 07715 583 729 (m)