Vote is Yes for Action but new Anti-Union turnout laws Scupper Campaign

Members should have received notice of the result of the 2017 Pay Campaign Ballot on Industrial Action.

The result was a 62% Yes vote for action. Unfortunately, at 22.8%, the turnout was just too low to even contemplate a challenge to the New Anti-Union legislation that only allows legal industrial action on a turnout of 50% or more.

We should still welcome the fact that so many members who responded were prepared to fight over pay and take that forward into future negotiations.

Clearly, however, we need to find ways to convince more of our members of the need to participate in the democratic processes of the union. We simply cannot afford to carry on watching our pay being outstripped by rising prices year on year.


Time to claw back on Pay - vote YES for Action!


Pay Ballot leaflet

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Your pay is worth far less now than ten years ago after years of pay restraint and inflation.

Local government workers are seeing their living standards squeezed as the prices of food, gas and electricity, travel and childcare continue to rise. This can not continue – you deserve more. You deserve fair pay.

Use the leaflets and posters on the right of this page to build the campaign in your workplace.

What’s not fair?
While inflation indexes show how costs are rising, the impact on individual households is often worse. This cannot continue.

The employers have offered:

• Employees earning less than £35,000 a £350* increase (*pro rata based on 37 hours)

• Employees earning more than £35,000 a 1 per cent increase.

• Scottish Local Government Living Wage is the minimum pay for all pay and allowances including additional hours, contractual overtime and other allowances. It will be pensionable.

What is fair?
The employers’ offer falls far short of our claim. We asked for:

• A flat rate payment of £1,000 for all employees.

• The continued uprating of the Scottish Local Government Living Wage.

• A future pay strategy to identify and redress the imbalance caused by previous pay awards below the rate of inflation.

How do I vote?
UNISON recommends that you vote YES for strike action. Ballot papers along with a pre paid return envelope will be sent directly to members home addresses. If you do not receive a ballot paper then call the Ballot Helpline 08000 857 857 which will be open from 17 May – 25 May.

Am I being asked to strike?
Yes. This is a formal industrial action ballot. The consultative ballot that you previously took part in returned a very firm rejection of the employers offer.

What action might I be asked to take?
This will be determined by UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee later this month however it is likely that any programme of action will commence with a single day of action for all members.

Catch up with the latest at Fair Pay for Scottish Council Workers

Members Reject Offer - There will be a Ballot for Action on Local Government Pay!

UNISON members have instructed their trade union to ballot 70,000 local government members across every local authority in Scotland on industrial action.

The decision was announced at UNISON’s local government committee meeting today (Monday) following a consultative ballot which saw 77.6 per cent vote to reject the employers’ pay offer.

Dougie Black, regional organiser for UNISON Scotland, said: “Local government workers have suffered years of pay restraint and their pay is worth far less now than ten years ago. The cost of food, gas and electricity, travel and childcare continue to rise and, as a consequence, their living standards have been severely eroded. This can not continue.

“If pay had even just risen with inflation a home care worker, for example, would be paid £19,900 a year when instead they are paid just £16,900; an early years’ worker would receive £24,100 instead of £20,400 and a library assistant would earn £26,400 instead of £22,400. And that’s just to keep up with the cost of living.

“Fair pay remains a priority for UNISON. Our members are the cogs that keep local government services turning and they deserve to be treated fairly.”


Notes to editors
1. UNISON is the biggest trade union in Scotland and the largest representing local authority workers.

2. UNISON members took part in a consultative ballot from March 17 to April 7. The result was: 77.6% voted reject, 22.4% voted accept.

3. For more information on the dispute, including UNISON’s pay claim and the employers’ pay offer, visit

4. For further information contact: Dougie Black, regional organiser for UNISON Scotland, on 07958 121 851

UNISON NEC Elections: Have your say – don’t throw those papers away!

Who runs your union? Whoever we, as members, elect to run it.

Elections for all of the seats on your union’s National Executive Council (NEC) started on Monday 3 April and will run until Friday 28 April.

UNISON’s NEC is elected every two years and has responsibility for deciding policy on important questions impacting members across the whole of our 1.2 million member union in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland between annual conferences. It also is responsible for implementing decisions taken by UNISON’s National Delegate Conference each June.

Your branch committee has nominated the following candidates who we feel will reflect the key key demands we feel our union must move forward with:

  • A UK co-ordinated response using the full force of UNISON against cuts, privatisation, pay freeze and attacks on our terms and conditions
  • No more leaving branches to fight austerity attacks alone
  • Break the 1% public sector pay cap
  • An accountable UK leadership that puts members first
  • UNISON to punch its weight. Fight austerity with action not just words 

Scotland Region Seats (four in total):

  • Jim McFarlane (male seat) - Dundee City Unison Branch Secretary

  • Duncan Smith (general seat) -  Edinburgh City Branch Chair

  • Brenda Aitchison (female seat) - Renfrewshire Branch Chair

In addition, our branch has made the following eight nominations including for the newly created NEC positions specifically reserved for disabled members:

Local Government Seats (four in total):

  • Paul Holmes (general seat)
  • Jane Doolan + Andrea Egan (women’s seats)
  • Paul Gilroy (male seat)

National Seats for Black Members:

  • April Ashley (female)
  • Hugo Pierre (male)  

National Seats for Disabled Members:

  • Pam Howard (female)
  • Roger Lewis (general)


Ballot papers should have gone to members’ home addresses from 3 April. If you’ve not received a ballot paper by Tuesday 11 April, then please contact the ballot helpline through UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857. Please don’t contact the branch office in this regard.

Unfortunately, turnout in these important elections is often very low, which undermines your union’s credibility, so please make use of your democratic right to vote in these important elections.

Welcome to Dundee City Unison

If you work for Dundee City Council, Tayside Contracts, Leisure and Culture Dundee, Tayside Valuation Joint Board or any of the voluntary or third sector bodies or care sector, housing association or similar organisations in the Dundee Area, this is the Union branch for you.