Bin strikes to continue across Scotland as Unite rejects new Cosla pay offer

UNITE has confirmed that it has rejected a new pay offer by Cosla which the government had hoped would end the bin workers’ strike. 

Cleansing staff were offered a minimum of around £1,925 extra in pay by council chiefs during the fifth round of negotiations on Monday. 

Last week, workers walked out after a 3.5% pay offer was put on the table and began the strike.

A second offer of 5% later in the week was also rejected. 

And now further strikes set for September, which will include nursery and school staff at seven local authorities, look set to go ahead. 

Unite industrial officer Wendy Dunsmore, said: “Unite has rejected outright the latest pay offer from COSLA. The structure of the offer continues to disproportionately and unfairly effect the lowest paid with the majority of those being women.

“In real terms it leaves the lowest paid workers no better-off and a significant proportion of the offer does not enhance overtime, allowances or pensions.

“The offer remains unacceptable and it represents a waste of precious time. We understand the gravity of the situation across the country but equally our members are facing the worst cost of living crisis in a generation. Unite’s strike action remains scheduled for next week unless COSLA gets back to us with a credible offer which addresses our primary concerns.”

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