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Workers to demo at SAMH over pay dispute

Workers to demo at SAMH over pay dispute

25 February 2013

Unite members at SAMH will demonstrate outside the mental health charity’s Glasgow HQ tomorrow (Tuesday 26th February) as workers’ anger increases over management’s refusal to pay-up a paltry cost of living adjustment.

Low-paid support workers have fighting 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 - the same pay rates which have been frozen since 2011.  

With a ballot for strike action now in full swing, SAMH Chief Executive Billy Watson has been informing staff that management remains in communication with Unite reps - despite stonewalling Unite’s efforts to kick-start constructive dialogue for nearly three months.

Unite Industrial Officer Elaine Dougall said, “We’re delighted to hear that Billy Watson has told the workforce that he is still in communication with Unite, the problem is we are still waiting to hear from him.

However, his words needn’t be lost as he’ll be able to find us outside his Glasgow HQ tomorrow lunchtime as our members’ step-up their campaign for strike action.  

Quite simply our members have had enough of Billy Watson’s ‘can’t pay, won’t pay’ stance and to dodge a paltry 0.65 per cent cost of living allowance for three years now merely shows the contempt SAMH management has for its loyal workforce.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:  

Unite members will be demonstrating outside the SAMH Glasgow Office, Brunswick House,  51 Wilson St, Glasgow, G1 1UZ, at 12:30PM.

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.