A kind reader from Glasgow has sent me a copy a letter from the local Unison branch confirming the outcome of a consultative ballot on the latest pay offer from Cordia.
The result of the Unison ballot was:
Accept - 24%
Reject - 76%
So unlike the GMB vote the result was more that 3 to 1 to Reject which is a bit strange especially as it's the same group of workers, by and large.
Also unlike the GMB, Unison actually provides details of the number of members who voted which were:
Accept - 123
Reject - 398
Membership total - 1527
So the turnout was a rather disappointing 34% although I suspect this may have been higher than the GMB ballot, the turnout of which has been kept secret from the members, so far at least.
All of which means that the latest Cordia pay offer will be implemented as I believe the GMB is the majority union in this particular part of Glasgow City Council.
The trade unions clearly have a lot of thinking to do, but if they would like to sit down and have a chat they know where to reach me.
I mean, for goodness sake, who conducts an important ballot at the height of the summer holiday period, when most school based staff are not even at their place of work - where they would normally discuss topical issues with friends and co-workers?
Completely mad, if you ask me, but watch this space as I intend to say more soon on why the local unions in Glasgow never held a ballot of their members over the WPBR.
Glasgow and Equal Pay (05/08/17)
Here are two of the readers' comments I've received on yesterday's post about the GMB's pay ballot
I have just seen your post regarding the latest GMB ballot.
I have been a member of GMB for 27yrs, I and other co workers have not had any correspondence from GMB regarding this important information.
I for one will calling and asking these questions.
GMB at it's best
Can you explain why union members are being balloted over a pay offer - yet there was no ballot over the introduction of the original WPBR pay scheme?
Now that's a very good question about the absence of a workforce ballot over the introduction of Glasgow's controversial WPBR pay scheme - because the WPBR had profound implications for every council employee's pay.
Yet the trade unions didn't ask their members to approve the introduction of the WPBR, the WCD (Working Context and Demands scheme), the NSWP (Non Standard Working Pattern scheme) or the EDC (Employee Development Commitment scheme).
I'll have much more to say on this subject in the days ahead.