Trades unions vote to accept local government pay offer

Deputy First Minister John Swinney

COMMENTING on news that trades unions members from UNISON, Unite and GMB have voted to accept the pay offer made by COSLA for local government workers, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“I am very pleased that trade unions members have accepted this pay offer, which will deliver a substantial pay rise for local government workers in key roles across Scotland.

“We have worked collaboratively and held detailed discussions with COSLA and trades unions to get to this point. The Scottish Government has helped councils by funding them with an extra £140 million on a recurring basis to support the pay award.

“We are doing everything possible within the resources available to support the people of Scotland in the face of the cost of living crisis.”

The Scottish Government has provided £140 million on a recurring basis to support the pay award.

The Scottish Government is also providing £120.6 million in additional capital in each of the next two financial years, then baselining the recurring equivalent funding into the local government General Revenue Grant from 2024/25.

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