Before, I go any further, I am completely in favour of higher wages for local government workers. I note also that Scotland has 25% of the UK’s Living Wage’ employers yet only 8% of the population of the UK. Local authorities are, I feel sure, well-represented in that 25%.
So, those workers should probably see the SNP Government as, at least to some extent, on their side. Further improvements are needed, I agree.
Unite Scotland, which carried out this ‘study’ is of course aligned with the Labour left including Corbyn and our own Richard Leonard, so we have little reason to trust their ‘study’, so-called to make it sound academic and rigorous.
It won’t be.
Needless to say they haven’t published the data or the methods and the ‘study’ only seems to have been fed to the Herald. It’s not even on the Unite social media pages.
Only 3 000 out of Scotland’s 250 00 local government workers bothered to respond. That’s 1.6%.
56% of those said they were prepared to take industrial action so that’s less than 1%.
In a self-selecting survey where only 1.6% bother to respond, you should just give up.
This is just another scare story.