Unite the union has today (22 March) heralded a supplementary pay win for Scottish Water workers averaging £3,600.

The trade union confirmed that through strong negotiating by Unite representatives around 145 workers across Scotland are set to benefit from the ‘excellent’ supplementary pay deal for call outs and out of hours working. 

The deal was negotiated after Scottish Water attempted to reduce set rate call out and other supplementary payments for workers, including team leaders who support critical emergency callouts. Following the negotiations between Unite and the company, the cuts were not only scrapped but supplementary pay actually increased.  

Details of the pay deal include an average back payment of £1,900 per worker, while supplementary pay going forward has increased by an average of £1,700. The deal also protects Scottish Water workers’ pay, terms and conditions for two years.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “The deal secured at Scottish Water is an excellent result. Through strong negotiating led by Unite representatives Scottish Water workers will now receive up to £3,600 in backdated wages and increases to supplementary pay. It is yet another example of how Unite delivers significant improvements for members’ jobs, pay and conditions.”  

James O’Connell, Unite industrial officer, added: “We are delighted to get this deal over the line after the company initially attempted to impose a significantly inferior deal on the workforce. This deal recognises the crucial work that this group of workers provide to the public in Scotland. The agreement also importantly protects the pay of workers over the next two years which is critically important with energy prices and inflation on the rise.”


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