Unite has told leading Scottish mental health charity SAMH that ACAS talks this Wednesday (27th March) are a last chance to pay-up a meagre cost of living adjustment for hundreds of low-paid workers and avoid strike action.
Workers have tried for nearly three years to receive the 0.65 per cent cost of living adjustment set in the 2010 Scottish Joint Council (SJC) salary scales to which their pay is linked.
Anger among hundreds of mental health support workers has risen further in recent weeks as the charity has attempted to stall the strike. And despite a recent £20 million turnover Chief Executive Billy Watson has continuously dodged paying-up to workers, some of whom earn as little as £12,600 a year before tax.
Unite regional industrial officer Elaine Dougall said, “Wednesday’s ACAS talks represent the last chance for SAMH to pay-up on this meagre cost of living adjustment otherwise we will be sending notice of strike action.
Billy Watson has tried a 'divide and conquer' approach to his staff ever since the result of our strike ballot was announced; refusing to recognise and value the very people who deliver crucial support services for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable.
Let’s be very clear about this: We will not settle for anything less than what our members are owed and that’s 0.65 per cent, which SAMH can more than afford.”
Notes to Editors: For further information please contact Unite regional industrial officer Elaine Dougall on 07810157904, SAMH Branch Secretary David Aulton on 07817027091 or Peter Welsh in Unite Scotland communications on 07810157931.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.