As Pay Ballot looms - Local Newspaper Reports on 'Shocking' Pay Losses exposed by our Pay Loss Calculator
The article carries comments from Branch Secretary Jim McFarlane and Communication Officer Arthur Nicoll (who build the calculator).
It demonstrates the frustration of our members at having to constantly "Do More, With Less and For Less".
To lose around 1 whole year's pay (and that's against the lower inflation rate CPI) over a period of a few years is a disgraceful statement of how little regard the political leadership in Westminter, Holyrood and CoSLA have for the vital work done by our members.
You sometimes hear people say "we never get back what we lose by striking". Quite apart from how easy it is to show that isn't true, these figures show exactly what the cost of not taking action is.
The Digital Ballot Opens next week (hopefully on/around 16th October) and will run until around 7th/8th November (the dates are still being finalised). We are calling for you to REJECT the employers' offer and support taking Industrial action in support of our claim of 6.5%.
If this vote is successful but the employer does not move to significantly improve the offer, we will move to a Formal Postal Ballot on Industrial Action.
New anti-union laws, aimed at restricting action by public sector workers mean that at least 50% of those balloted (in a formal Industrial Action Ballot) must vote.
We need to make sure we meet that threshold. So not only is it important that we vote to REJECT the offer and follow that with a Vote for Industrial action in the formal ballot (if necessary), we need to make sure all our members know about the Ballots and use their votes.
So, get active and get all the members you know to VOTE and vote REJECT!