The Scottish Government’s Pay Offer which in reality represented a significant pay cut to the membership has been the subject of an indicative ballot.  The ballot was undertaken with no recommendation made as we fully anticipated our membership would demonstrate the strength of their views of the offer through ballot. With a 96% response to the ballot, and a 92% rejection of the offer, the message has been given loud and clear. Most telling of all is that 90% of the members voted to indicate they are willing to take industrial action if this offer is not significantly improved. 

The views of our members are clear. We will now work together with our sister trade unions to achieve an improved pay offer, which is reflective of the outstanding work our members undertake on a daily basis, selflessly serving the public during what has been the biggest challenge for the health service throughout Covid and its aftermath. 

In absence of a sufficiently improved offer, we are in no doubt with these results, that the strength of feeling and support is there should we need to proceed to a statutory ballot for industrial action.

There will be a collective letter sent to the Scottish Government stating that the pay offer has been overwhelmingly rejected and there is a clear mandate for industrial action. 





For further information, contact:

POA Press Office  - Phil Fairlie Scottish Secretary 07432 702102

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.