Members of the GMB trade union in Scotland’s councils have accepted a wage offer following strike action by idle workers.
Garbage workers in Edinburgh moved to the height of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, causing garbage to pile up on the street.
Employees in other council areas, including Glasgow, also dropped equipment, with staff from non-teaching schools threatening to strike before members of Unite, Unison and GMB agree to a new deal.
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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon personally intervened in the talks, convening a meeting that lasted more than eight hours, before council leaders presented a new proposal to the staff the next day.
GMB said about 81 percent of respondents voted in favor of the deal.
The deal would provide a flat £1,900 increase for employees earning less than £39,000 per year as of 1 April.
Union of Scotland organizer Keir Greenway said: “Our members have accepted the offer of negotiations by the unions and the First Minister with a clear majority.
“We are now calling on councils to ensure that this consolidated increase is put into members’ salaries and conditions as soon as possible because the cost of living crisis has not gone away.”
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But the union leader said the end of the controversy should be a “point of reflection rather than relief” for politicians.
“Thousands of low-wage workers in the grip of rising inflation and eye-watering energy bills had to wait for months to agitate for a decent wage offer. This is unacceptable and cannot be repeated next year.
“The GMB is clear that after years of cuts in pay and services, this should be the beginning of the story in the fight for a fair price for our key workers, as this period of intense economic pressure is going to last, not months, but years.
“Most importantly, we want to pay tribute to our members. The strike action is not easy, but through sacrifice and solidarity they have secured a much better wage increase to help them tide over the winter months of this cost-of-life crisis.”