Council staff to get 2.5% pay rise over two years

Wage rise on the way for Council employees
Wage rise on the way for Council employees

COUNCIL EMPLOYEES IN Moray should be in line for a pay rise after agreement was reached between trade unions and COSLA.

Unions have accepted a two-year deal that will see wages rise 2.5% – with COSLA admitting that councils would “find it difficult” to fund the increase in the continuing economic climate, but wished to help staff.

COSLA’s human resources spokesman, Bill Hendry, said the deal was one that would put much needed cash into the wages of hard working council employees throughout Scotland.

He said: “2.5% over two years is difficult for councils in a prolonged period of budget constraints, but we made every effort to show the workforce that they are doing a great job in very difficult times for local government and that we notice and appreciate this.

“Times are set to get even tougher with deeper cuts in public expenditure widely predicted and we will need to work closely with trade unions to support our workforce and continue to deliver vital services to our communities.”

As at January this year Moray Council employed 5892 people – 1426 of them men and 4466 women. The local authority has a living wage policy in place that ensures an hourly rate of at least £7.65.