Author Archives: Dave Watson

Council Connections – April 2018

This is the latest edition of our Council Connections newsletter. All the news for those who care about local government in Scotland.

Briefing – public sector workforce

This is our annual look at the workforce statistics for the public sector areas UNISON Scotland organises in. The news is better this year for most, but not all sectors.

Fighting council cuts in Clackmannan

Media Release Date:  6th March 2018 Embargo: immediate Release UNISON Fight Council Cuts, Defend Vital Services, Protect Jobs. On Thursday the 8th of March, Elected Members at Clackmannanshire Council will vote on proposals which have the potential to decimate local services and will force the removal of staff terms and conditions, like overtime and unsocial […]

Fuel poverty strategy

The Scottish Government is consulting over a new fuel poverty strategy. In this response we make the case for a more ambitious plan that eliminates fuel poverty as quickly as possible.

Impact of EU Exit on health and care

The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee is conducting an inquiry into the impact of EU exit on the health and social care sector. In our submission to the inquiry we outline the concerns of our members who are EU nationals and the potential impact on service delivery. We suggest a number of actions that need […]

Workforce planning for social care

The Scottish Government and COSLA have published the second stage of their strategy for workforce planning in the health and social care sector. This briefing outlines the plan for social care. Unlike the NHS, there are few tools or institutional structures for workforce planning in social care. This plan is therefore largely focused on the process of […]

Briefing – ScotGov pay policy

The Scottish Government has published its pay policy for the next financial year. This briefing outlines the main provisions and the issues the branches concerned will wish to consider.

Local Government Pay

This is a letter from Mark Ferguson, Chair of UNISON Scotland Local Government Service Group, to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay MSP. He sets out UNISON’s concerns over the lack of funding for local government pay in the draft Scottish budget and highlights the inconsistent approach compared to teachers pay.

Briefing – Draft Scottish Budget

Our latest briefing on the draft Scottish budget for the next financial year.