Council / Unison members ready for strike action – but not yet in Shetland

COUNCIL services in Shetland will not be affected by any industrial action from Unison – at least not for the time being.

The local government trade union said yesterday (Tuesday) that thousands of council workers have voted to take industrial action which will disrupt schools, early years centres, nurseries and waste and recycling centres across Scotland.

Unison members among local authority staff in Shetland have rejected the pay offer of two per cent by more than 90 per cent, but have not yet been balloted on strike action.

They cannot therefore not be involved in a “first wave” of selective action, according to the local Unison branch.

Local government umbrella body CoSLA and Unison will meet again on Friday for further negotiations.

Unison’s head of local government Johanna Baxter said CoSLA had to come up with an improved offer to avoid large-scale disruption to council services across Scotland.

“Council workers south of the border were offered a flat rate uplift of £1,925, which for those on the lowest pay equates to a 10.5 per cent increase,” she said.


“You have to wonder why council workers north of the border have only been offered a measly two per cent increase when the cost of living continues to spiral.

“Unison have been calling for a flat rate payment to help those on lower incomes. Most council workers earn less than £25k per year.”

The union can only take strike action in local authority areas where the ballot turnout among members is higher than 50 per cent.

Unison said that has been achieved in the following areas: City of Glasgow, Orkney Islands Council, Aberdeenshire Council, East Renfrewshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Clackmannanshire Council, Stirling Council, Inverclyde.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.