Fife Council staff set to go on strike

Staff at Fife Council could begin strike preparations next week as tensions grow over a pay dispute.

Unison says it hoped it would have agreed a deal by now but claims it's still waiting for a response from Cosla.

The union says workers are considering all options and preparations.

David O'Connor, Unison local government organiser, said: "Cosla has to understand the growing anger among local government workers over how they are treated year after year in pay negotiations.

“It is no wonder local government workers are left feeling disappointed and frustrated when their employers haven’t even bothered to respond to the pay claim.

“Without investment in the local government workforce there will be no public services – Cosla must recognise local government workers for the vital services they provide and ensure they are fairly rewarded.”

Colette Hunter, Unison Scotland local government chair said: “It would appear that Cosla has learned nothing from last year’s pay dispute which resulted in school closures across Scotland.

“The last thing anyone wants to do is take strike action, but if Cosla continue to ignore our pay claim then we may be left with no choice.

“While strike action is always a last resort, our local government committee is currently considering all options and preparations for strike action could begin as early as next week.”

Cosla insists council leaders will meet this Friday (April 26) to discuss the dispute.

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