Local Government Pay Claim 2018

UNISON Scotland is seeking the views of union branches on the shape and content of next year’s pay claim. Branch responses will feed into a report to be tabled at the Local Government Conference on 1 December 2017 and a final decision reached on the claim that UNISON will use for discussion with the other SJC Trade Unions. It is hoped that agreement can be sought with Unite and GMB at a national level that will allow the claim to be submitted early in the new year.

Two possible claim suggestions have been made;

  1. That the claim be for 5% across the board and that settlement was above the rate of inflation
  2. CPI/RPI calculation at September 17 + 0.5%

Some issues for you to consider;

  • Traditionally UNISON has always used RPI as the inflation calculator because it is a better reflection on prices as it also includes housing costs, employers as you would expect favour CPI as it is lower than RPI
  • RPI currently stands at 3.9% and CPI at 2.9%
  • Should the claim be % or flat rate or a mixture of both
  • Should the claim be for a single year or is there value in considering a longer term deal
  • 5% claims are being pursued by Health Branches
  • Scottish Budget announced on 14th December but unlikely to be favourable to local government
  • Should any terms and conditions improvements be included

Moray UNISON Branch will be agreeing its response to the consultation at its Branch Meeting on Wednesday 8th November 2017, however tha decision needs to be informed by the wishes of branch members, therefore if you have any views on the 2018 Pay Claim please could you email them to unison@moray.gov.uk by Tuesday 7th November at the latest.