A union chief has said that in order to end the schools strike a “significantly” better offer is needed as support staff have taken to industrial actions over pay.
Lilian Macer, Unison’s Scottish secretary said a pay increase for janitors, cleaners, and support workers, who are some of the lowest paid council employees was “too little, too late and too vague.”
Schools support staff have walked out in 24 areas for three days from Tuesday after Unison rejected a pay offer, however, GMB Scotland and Unite have suspended strikes as they are considering the pay offer.
Macer told the PA news agency, “The offer we’re looking for is significantly above what has been offered. We are seeking the Scottish Government to come round the table with Cosla, with Unison, to negotiate a fair pay settlement for local government workers in Scotland.
“It’s imperative that the First Minister move away from the cameras, move away from the press releases and come into the room and talk to Unison.
“The first we heard from the First Minister was last night, asking us, urging us not to take action.
“If you are serious about discussions with Unison, pick up the phone and as Scottish secretary I’ll be there.”