Scottish Water reject pay freeze

GMB Union members, who make up the largest manual workers union in Scottish Water, has rejected a proposed freeze in pay for 2011/ 2012. Richard Leonard, GMB Organiser for Scottish […]

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By Tom Gibson

GMB Union members, who make up the largest manual workers union in Scottish Water, has rejected a proposed freeze in pay for 2011/ 2012.

Richard Leonard, GMB Organiser for Scottish Water, said: “GMB members at Scottish Water have had enough of big bonuses for directors alongside pay restraint for frontline staff. GMB members resent the fact that five directors will share a bonus pot of £90,000 each while they are being asked to accept a pay freeze. We will convey this rejection to Scottish Water and if there is no movement GMB will consider the next steps which could include a ballot of these members for industrial action.”

Mr Leonard added: “At the election in May the SNP announced a five year freeze not only in the council tax, but on water charges too. Our concern is that the ground is being laid this year for a pay freeze for five years. Put simply we do not want a five year water charge freeze to mean a five year water workers pay freeze.”