Author Archives: Trisha Hamilton

Vital local services in Scotland are collapsing say council staff in UNISON survey

Local government spending cuts have left councils in Scotland unable to meet the needs of local communities and, in some cases, are putting the public at risk, says UNISON today (Monday). A survey, released to coincide with the union’s local government conference, reveals that almost eight in ten (78%) council workers have no confidence in […]

Unions serve notice of strike action on East Dunbartonshire Council

Unions have served formal notice on East Dunbartonshire Council and its offshoot East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust of four days of strike action over proposed cuts to workers’ terms and conditions. UNISON members will take strike action on 21, 22, 25 and 26 June. UNISON has also served notice that from 2 July, its members […]

UNISON report reveals trading standards cuts are putting public safety at risk

The number of trading standards officers have been cut by almost a quarter (23%) in the past six years, giving rogue traders free rein to scam the public says UNISON. The findings are part of the UNISON Scotland’s latest survey – Trading Safety: a survey of trading standards staff – released today (Wednesday). The report […]

UNISON members in East Dunbartonshire vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

East Dunbartonshire faces a summer of discontent after UNISON members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over proposed cuts to workers’ terms and conditions. The vote on whether to move to industrial action was put to the largely female workforce – employed by East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust (EDLC) […]

UNISON Scotland Auschwitz tour to remember Holocaust heroine

UNISON activists are embarking on a study tour to Auschwitz on Wednesday (25 April) to raise awareness of the atrocities of the Holocaust and also to honour Jane Haining – the only Scottish woman known to have died in the concentration camp. The tour – which will be undertaken by UNISON representatives from across Scotland […]

NHS pay update – Letter to the Cabinet Secretary

UNISON has today (Wednesday) written to Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, calling for immediate action in implementing the 3% pay uplift for Scottish NHS workers earning under £80,000. Matt McLaughlin, UNISON Head of Health, said: “Any further delay in implementing the 3% is unacceptable and UNISON is prepared to seek approval for […]

NHS Pay 2018 – Members’ Update

Speaking at the union’s annual health conference in Brighton today (Tuesday, April 17), Chair of the UNISON Scotland health committee, Tom Waterson said: “It was UNISON’s campaign in health, and across the public sector, which convinced the Scottish government to scrap the pay cap. It has tabled a pay remit paper that says all staff […]

UNISON secures above inflation pay offer for NHS staff

Scotland’s biggest health union, UNISON has reacted positively to a draft joint statement on NHS pay which, if agreed, would secure an immediate above inflation 3% wage rise for the all NHS workers in Scotland. Speaking at the union’s annual health conference in Brighton, Chair of the UNISON Scotland health committee, Tom Waterson said: “It […]

Pay Claim Update 2018

Local Government Pay You will be aware that UNISON, along with the other trade unions representing members in Local Government, submitted a joint pay claim to your employer on the 12th January 2018.  This claim was constructed following consultation with all members working in Local Government and you can read the detail of that here.  […]

25. Priority Services Register

Energy Suppliers and network operators are required to keep a register of customers who, by virtue of their circumstances, might need additional information, services and support. These services are available to customers who: Are of pensionable age Are disabled or chronically sick Have a long-term medical condition Have a hearing/visual impairment or additional communication needs […]