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Union warns over council strike

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Union officials have warned there could be more action beyond a one-day strike planned for next week, in a dispute over local government pay.

The Unison union has rejected a 2.5% pay offer and members are due to strike on Wednesday 24 September.

The union has about 100,000 local government members. Rallies are planned for Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness.

The employers organisation Cosla called on the union to "be a bit more realistic in their demands".

The spokesman added: "As ever we are available for discussions - however the real cause of this impasse is the unreasonable claim from the unions."

The union said it had agreed further action after next Wednesday's strike "should that be required".

Unison's regional organiser, Tracey Dalling, said: "In the event that it becomes needed we now have authorisation for further action after the 24 September. We hope that the employers will make sure we don't need to take that action, by looking at a settlement which takes account of the subsequent surge of inflation - as they promised after the last strike."



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