Anas Sarwar has been urged to stop playing political games over council workers’ pay and support SNP proposals to offer a 5% rise.
Sarwar had called on the Scottish Government to act on its ‘moral duty’ to tackle the cost of living crisis despite his own Labour council colleagues on COSLA siding with the Tories to offer just 3.5%.
The SNP councillors on Cosla had proposed 5% after the Scottish Government provided £140m extra funding a year.
Commenting, SNP MSP Graeme Dey said:
“Anas Sarwar has some brass neck.
“He has failed completely in his own moral duty to support council workers in getting a decent pay rise through his party’s backroom deals with the Tories.
“It beggars belief that Labour continue to team up with the Tories at COSLA to reject giving these workers 5% and offer just 3.5% instead.
“The Scottish Government is providing funding for council workers to get the fair rise they deserve.
“But instead of supporting that, Labour has chosen to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Tories again, screwing over council workers across the country.
“There is no getting away from it, Anas Sarwar and Labour are failing in their moral duty to support vital workers.
“He and they must stop playing political games with the livelihoods of some of our most essential workers and back the 5% increase.
“We have seen Labour doing backroom deals with the Tories in council chambers across Scotland and now they are doing it at Cosla and the people who lose out are Scotland’s hard-working council employees.
“Labour are failing to provide a solution to the cost of living crisis and are now stopping councils putting much-needed extra cash into workers’ pay packets.
“Again, we see that Labour offers no hope for the people of Scotland and the only way we can build a fairer, more equal country is by becoming independent.”