GMB Scotland Members In Stirling Council Vote To Take Strike Action In Dispute Over Pay Cuts
The reality for some groups of GMB members is a 4.5% drop in pay, a drop of more than £1,700 a year says GMB.
350 GMB Scotland members employed in Stirling Council have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a dispute over cuts in pay and a reduction in terms and conditions of employment.
The ballot which closed on Tuesday, 10th September 2013 resulted in a majority of 71% voting for strike action and 85% voting for action short of strike.
The dispute follows Stirling Council’s decision to impose a cut in pay across the workforce which the Council say is an average of 1.5%.
On top of this the Council has also reduced terms and conditions of employment.
Christina Lambie, GMB Scotland Organiser for Stirling said: “The Council talk about a 1.5% cut in Pay, but the reality for some groups of GMB members is a 4.5% drop in pay, a drop of more than £1,700 a year.
Throughout this long process GMB members have shown a strong determination to oppose the Council’s cuts. This ballot result, which was achieved despite the Council’s decision to terminate Contracts of Employment, despite their claims that members were signing up to the new Conditions shows that determination to fight these cuts is as strong as ever.
We will now start to gear up for action against the Council unless they are prepared to start meaningful discussions to remove the worst elements of the proposals.”
Contact: Christina Lambie Tel: 01324 670676 Mobile: 07775 571564
E-mail: Christina.Lambie@gmb.org.uk GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823