Author Archives: Fiona Montgomery

Damaging impact of unfair council cuts

UNISON branches are campaigning hard against looming council budget cuts that will see more jobs lost and increasing damage to important services, with the most vulnerable people worst affected.  We oppose austerity cuts across all public services and the effects on the NHS are a key concern. Pressures over the winter saw A&E waiting times […]

Unions submit local government 2018 pay claim

Unions submit local government 2018 pay claim Trade unions representing local government workers across Scotland (UNISON, Unite and GMB) have submitted their pay claim to local government today. The pay claim was submitted to COSLA (employers) by the Trade Union side of the Scottish Local Government Joint Council for the period 1 April 2018 to […]

Get it Minuted! Campaign on Scottish Government record keeping

PRESS RELEASE FROM CFoIS:   The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) is launching a ‘Get it Minuted’ Campaign and is calling on people and organisations to ask and insist that there are agendas, notes and minutes for any meetings with the Scottish Government. The two actions which can be taken up by […]

Ambulance services on life support for the festive period

The union representing Scottish ambulance workers warned today that lives are being put in danger due to poor planning and dangerously low staffing levels. UNISON, Scotland’s biggest health service trade union, said that ambulance technicians and paramedics are repeatedly being asked to work excessively long hours without breaks. Scottish Ambulance Service UNISON Branch Secretary, Stevie […]

Festive cheer for Glasgow’s low paid women

Around ten thousand low paid women at Glasgow city council received a large helping of festive cheer from Scotland’s top judges today. The council was today refused permission by the Court of Session to appeal against the women’s equal pay victory earlier this year. After ten years of litigation, the claimants supported by UNISON and Action […]

‘End period poverty’ member’s Bill consultation response

UNISON Scotland has a large number of women members on low incomes. We are fully supportive of this important proposed Bill. We believe it is essential that all women and girls, but in particular those living in poverty, should have a right of free access to sanitary products. As Monica Lennon says in the consultation […]

Case studies of workers in the shoe industry

The Labour Behind the Label campaign, supported by UNISON Scotland, aims to raise awareness of the dangerous working conditions and exploitation of garment workers producing goods sold on our high streets. UNISON activists and Labour MSP Neil Findlay will hand over a Labour Behind the Label petition to the Schuh head office in Livingston on Mon […]

‘Change your shoes, Schuh’ call by UNISON to improve shoe workers’ rights

  UNISON and Neil Findlay MSP will present a petition on Monday (20 November) to global retailer Schuh calling for leather and shoe supply chain transparency and action to improve shoe workers’ rights. Labour MSP Neil Findlay will join UNISON activists at the company head office in Livingston to hand over the petition, and provide […]

Response to Scottish National Investment Bank consultation

UNISON welcomes the decision to establish a Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB). We have long argued that increased public investment is essential and that austerity policies are immensely damaging to the economy as well as to families struggling to get by. We have proposed that the Scottish Government and local authorities work with other public […]

Assessing the impact of austerity cuts

This e-brief is a reminder for UNISON branches of the importance of cuts impact assessments. Branches and Regional Organisers should ensure CIA Forms are completed/updated regularly for each employer, recording initial savings proposals then actual cuts agreed. This helps in our campaigning, locally and nationally. (2018/19 Form here)