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Scottish Water strike ends after union approves 8 percent pay rise

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Union members at Scottish Water have accepted an 8 percent pay increase following a recent strike. 

In a consultative ballot, Unite's 500-strong membership backed the deal by 98 percent, while GMB members voted in favor by 95 percent. 

Unison reported its 1,100 Scottish Water members "overwhelmingly" supported the agreement. 

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Last month, the union members staged a protest but called off further strikes slated for 48 days of action.

It was after the new offer was made to ballot members on the new proposals.

The pay deal includes an eight percent raise for overtime rates starting April 2023.

Unite said the working week would be reduced to 35 hours without a loss of pay from November next year. 

However, the controversial grading structure at Scottish Water will be negotiated separately from the pay offer. 

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Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said: “Let’s be clear this deal only came about through the determination of our members to fight for a better deal through strike action.”

Unison Scotland regional organiser for Scottish Water Emma Phillips said: “The ballot settles this year’s pay claim. 

“Now we go into negotiations around a new pay and grading structure. Unison are determined this will deliver fairness and transparency.”

Claire Greer, GMB’s organiser at Scottish Water, said: “This was a dispute that could have easily been avoided by a management which understood the importance of good industrial relations and the need to negotiate with unions in good faith.”

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