Author Archives: Danny Phillips

East Dunbartonshire Council strike is ‘biggest in a generation’, says UNISON

UNISON have warned East Dunbartonshire Council that they will continue to fight for local services in the area and say support for their strike can only strengthen following last night’s extraordinary lobby of East Dunbartonshire Council. Hundreds of workers joined one of the biggest rallies ever seen in East Dunbartonshire to mark the first of […]

UNISON Scotland comment on report from Audit Scotland: Scotland Colleges 2018 on the financial state of the sector.

John Gallacher, UNISON Scottish organiser, said: “UNISON Scotland welcomes the Audit Scotland report on the financial state of the sector. As part of the public sector it is heartening that overall there is a small surplus. There is a need for a more detailed examination of earned income and its use across the sector. If […]

UNISON confirm strike in East Dunbartonshire

UNISON Media release Immediate release UNISON to strike in East Dunbartonshire All out strike action in East Dunbartonshire Council and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust will go ahead on 21, 22, 25 and 26 June, UNISON Scotland can confirm. East Dunbartonshire Council have confirmed that all schools will be closed. Trade unions served formal notice […]

Trading Safety – a survey of trading standards officers

Damage series This survey is part of UNISON Scotland’s Damage series: a programme of surveys looking at the impact of the age of austerity on services and those who deliver them. Trading Safety takes a closer look at the issues affecting staff in local authority trading standards teams. Trading standards teams are an essential local […]

Further letter to Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution

This is to keep you up to date on the local government pay negotiations. This is a joint trade union letter to Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, dated: 15th May 2018, regarding COSLA Pay Offer for local government workers. The letter covers: Public sector pay, Public sector pay policy, Equity and […]

UNISON to press Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary, Finance & the Constitution, for more money for local government workers at a key meeting on Thursday 10th May.

The Joint Trades Unions, representing the vast majority of the local government workforce on the Scottish Joint Council, submitted their pay claim in January. CoSLA, the employers body, put forward a best and final pay offer on 26th March 2018. The same pay offer was made to all local government bargaining groups. At the same […]

Letter from Scottish Government to UNISON on local government pay

This letter is from Craig Inglis, Local Government and Communities Directorate, Local Government & Analytical Services Division. Regarding the COSLA pay offer.  We are keen to ensure all our members have all the latest information and correspondence on our pay negotiations.  We wrote to to Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution. You […]

Letter to Derek McKay about COSLA Pay Offer For Local Government Workers

Please see attached further letter sent on behalf of the Joint Trade Unions on the COSLA Pay offer for local government workers. We are urging Derek Mackay to sit down and discuss the genuine concerns of such a large group of public sector workers with their representatives. UNISON and other trade unions wrote to Derek […]

Sheltered housing cuts increase loneliness in older people, says UNISON

UNISON Scotland is warning today against further cuts to sheltered housing budgets. The union says cuts are contributing to a generation of lonely older people and do not make financial sense when considering the effects on health. UNISON’s report, Giving Shelter released today (Friday, 6 April 2018), asked housing wardens about cuts in their sheltered […]

Giving shelter: cuts to sheltered housing

This is a survey of housing wardens sheltered housing officers, care support workers with a small number of people in other roles, e.g. cleaner, housing officer/manager, cook. All respondents are UNISON members It is part of UNISON Scotland’s Damage series – a range of reports into the impact of austerity cuts on the delivery of […]