Author Archives: Danny Phillips

Scottish government must stop the closure of 12 Bield care homes, says UNISON

UNISON is calling for the Scottish government to stop the closure of 12 care homes run by Bield Housing and Care. UNISON will make this call at a public meeting called by the families of the elderly and vulnerable at a public meeting today (Saturday 13 January). 160 elderly people with dependent needs, including 24 […]

Pay Up Now! campaign goes to parliament

There will be a photo opportunity for the media at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 20 December at 12pm. UNISON will deliver 5000 ‘fair pay’ christmas cards to constituency MSPs at the Scottish Parliament to support demands that the government pay up on NHS pay. Shona Robinson MSP, Scottish Minister for Health, will meet UNISON […]

UNISON comment on Scottish Budget

UNISON comment on Scottish Budget Dave Watson, UNISON Scottish organiser said: “Any relief from Tory austerity is welcome, but the very modest use of tax powers, particularly for the highest earners, means that public services will be under considerable pressure next year. Yet again it is councils who will bear the brunt of austerity with […]

Scotland’s road network is deteriorating because of cuts, says UNISON report

Road budgets have been cut by 21% since 2012 and is having a serious detrimental effect on Scotland’s road network UNISON Scotland’s report, Road to Nowhere (opposite) consulted council road teams around Scotland including: road workers, engineers, technicians, team and managers. These teams main responsibilities include: road maintenance, traffic management, and lighting. The workforce reported […]

Asylum seekers in Scotland are denied social work services, say UNISON and Scottish Association of Social Work

  Asylum seekers in Scotland do not get the support services they are entitle to because of inadequate support for social workers who care for them. And, when social workers request vital services for asylum seekers they are often, wrongly, denied. Today (Monday 6 November) UNISON Scotland and Scottish Association of Social Work have launched […]

Stirling Council Adopt UNISON Ethical Care Charter

  Stirling are the latest council to adopt UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter. They join half a dozen of so councils in Scotland who have agreed to establish a minimum baseline for the safety, quality and dignity of care by ensuring employment conditions for social care workers. Adoption of the charter guarantees appropriate pay, training and […]

Refuge and Asylum in Scotland, a guide for social work members

This updated guidance provides some underlying general guidance and signpost to other more detailed information sources. It should provide a useful tool for negotiating with employers to ensure that the right resources are put in place, including awareness training and staffing. The first issue of this document was in October 2006 in order to provide […]

UNISON submit NHS pay claim to roll back austerity

UNISON Scotland, will formally submit their 2018 pay claim to Shona Robison Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well Being today (Monday) at 9am, when she attends NHS Tayside Health Board’s annual review. UNISON represents 60,000 NHS workers across Scotland (excludes medics and dentists) including managers, domestics, nurses and admin workers. The UNISON claim calls on […]

First Minister must intervene in Bield Housing decision to close 12 care homes

Bield Housing and Care, announced yesterday (11 October) that they intend to close 12 care homes in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Borders, South Lanarkshire and West Lothian by summer 2018. Some 160 elderly people, with dependent needs  including 24 hour personal care and feeding assistance, will be evicted from the place they have called home for […]

UNISON comment on proposed 400 job losses at Midlothian Council

  Grace Chalmers, UNISON Midlothian branch secretary said: “We have been informed that over 400 jobs are to go at Midlothian Council, that is approximatley 10% of the workforce. If the proposed cuts are accepted this will have huge detrimental effect for the local economy and services provided by the council. The local economy depends on […]