Despite our efforts we are at an impasse with COSLA. They have not improved their pay offer made in April, which UNISON members overwhelmingly rejected in a consultative ballot. Therefore, we are now proceeding with an industrial ballot for select group of members.

School stafff

In Argyll and Bute, all members working in schools will be balloted and your purple envelope should be with you now.

If you are a member in this category please look out for your PURPLE ENVELOPE.

  • Open it as soon as you receive it,
  • vote immediately and
  • post back as soon as possible.

We must receive your completed ballot paper by 10am on Friday 25th August.

If you don’t receive your ballot, have recently moved house or the dog eats it (it has happened!) and you need a new one please call our ballot helpline on 0800 0857 857 – they will be open from 7th to 21st August.

UNISON take responsibility to ensure that all industrial action is legally compliant so you are protected if you are on strike. We are the largest representative body of local government workers by far, which is why our ballot has started a little lat-er than our sister trade unions.

Please check to make sure we have your most up to date contact details.  Over the next few months want to keep you updated about strike ballots and industrial action that affect you. But to do this we need accurate information. All you need to do today is check that your details are correct, it will just take a minute. Update you details at My UNISON

All local government workers in Scotland

Colleagues in waste and recycling services and schools will be taking action on behalf of all local government workers. They need your support and solidarity.

If you are passing a picket line please stop off to say hello, if you have a colleague working in a school please encourage them to complete and return their ballot paper and if you’re on social media please amplify our messages to reach as many people as possible.

UNISON Scotland local government committee will continue to review the situation to see if other groups of members need to be added in additional waves of ballots and action. We will keep you updated.

Additional Information

For more information on the Local Government Ballot, FAQs and our Pay Claim, please visit the following website: Local Government Pay Ballot 2023/24 – UNISON Scotland (