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Scotland's trade unions warn of industrial unrest over pay

New figures show public-sector workers have seen a real-terms loss in wages of 15 per cent over the last decade

SCOTLAND’S trade unions are warning of industrial unrest over pay as new figures show public-sector workers have seen a real-terms loss in wages of 15 per cent over the last decade.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has released research highlighting the key issues affecting workers, calling for action from the next government. 

A third of Scotland’s 920,000 key workers are paid less than £10 an hour, the Action on Pay report found, calling for the devolution of employment and equality law to Holyrood. 

The warning comes ahead of the STUC Congress on Monday, where trade unionists are expected to make demands of political parties ahead of the Scottish elections.

STUC general secretary Roz Foyer said: “Many of these workers are employed by the public sector or rely on contracts from the public sector and it is in the gift of the next Scottish government to meaningfully increase their pay.

“We need the next Scottish government to take decisive action to restore public-sector pay.”

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