Enough is enough - Campaign
for fair pay
North Ayrshire’s Stephanie Herd,
Chair of the Scottish Local Government Committee brought
a Scottish dimension to the pay debate, as delegates
condemned the government’s proposals for pay restraint
following on from the current pay freeze.
Angry at the impact of government pay policy,
particularly on low paid and women members, Conference
threw its weight
behind a high profile campaign to break the pay freeze
and secure a living wage.
provides for consultation on a ballot for industrial
action in support.
Stephanie told conference that the pay
freeze has been a pay cut in real terms and has led to
for our members as the cost of living soars. And it wasn’t
just the Tory led government that didn’t care.
Employers in Local Councils also seem unwilling to invest
in their workforce, but are using the economic crisis
as an excuse to pay poverty wages as well as attacking
terms and conditions.
“But we say, enough is enough. The Scottish pay claim
this year is fair and affordable. £1000, and the
introduction of the living wage in all 32 councils and
in voluntary and arms length public service providers.
“Our low paid members must not endure poverty pay any
longer. We want the government’s £250 for
those on less than £21K – that’s over
half of our members in Scotland - to be the first instalment
of a decent pay increase.
“And if councils invest in their workforce, we will in
turn spend in our local areas, giving a necessary boost
to local economies,” added Stephanie.
“Our campaign continues with Fair Pay Day next Wed 27th
June, raising the profile amongst our members.
“We know we are going into a fight. But rather than say, “We
are all in this together”, I say, “We’ll
win this together!”