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Strike negotiations sought by Scottish Water workers

Employees are unhappy at being asked to take a pay freeze.

15 August 2011

Scottish Water workers are contemplating industrial action after they rejected a proposed pay freeze for the 2011-12 financial year.

The staff, who are part of GMB - which has nearly 610,000 members - are incensed that they are being asked to remain on the same wages when a £450,000 bonus pot is being shared by directors.

Union bargaining may be required in order to achieve a resolution between the two parties, or else individuals may take to the picket line.

Richard Leonard, GMB organiser for Scottish Water, stated: "GMB members resent the fact that five directors will share a bonus pot of £90,000 each while they are being asked to accept a pay freeze."

He noted that if strike negotiations cannot find any movement, there is a chance of protests.

Mr Leonard stated his members are worried they are going to be asked to accept a freeze for the next five years.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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