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Scottish council workers make 3% pay claim

Council workers
Unions are pressing for an above-inflation pay rise for council workers

The three unions representing Scotland's council workers have submitted their annual pay claim.

The unions - Unison, Unite and the GMB - which represent 150,000 council workers in Scotland, are seeking an above-inflation pay rise of 3%.

They also want the lowest paid workers to get even more, so their pay would rise by a total of £600.

The councils, which are facing budget cutbacks, will make their formal response to the claim in January.

Two years ago the unions rejected a three-year deal which would have meant a 2.5% rise next year.

But councils are now under greater financial pressure and pay is a significant part of their budgets.

One option before council leaders is a five-year pay freeze for many staff.

Although this is a worst case scenario, the councils are not expected to make a high offer.

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