Category Archives: Health and Safety

UNISON – rise in attacks on public service staff is ‘tip of iceberg’

Public services union UNISON Scotland has called on the Scottish Government and all public service employers to take action immediately in order to tackle the “massive scale of the problem of violence against public sector workers”. UNISON’s annual Violence at Work survey published today (Friday 20 October) reveals a further increase in reported assaults on […]

Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2017

Violent Assaults on Public Service Staff in Scotland – UNISON Survey 2017 UNISON Scotland has carried out an annual survey of assaults to public sector workers based on Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to employers of UNISON members in the public sector since 2006. We ask employers to tell us the total number of assaults which […]

Scotland’s employers are failing workers who face violence at work, says UNISON

Violence at work is not ‘part of the job’ says UNISON as it launches a new health and safety guide today (Thursday). UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, says employers are failing workers in the community and voluntary sector by viewing violence at work as inevitable. The guide – It’s Not Part of the Job […]

It’s Not Part Of The Job – A health and safety guide on tackling violence at work

Violence at work is a major occupational hazard for many UNISON members. Physical attacks are the most serious form of violence, but verbal abuse and threats are much more common and can have long-term health effects. This guide is produced for safety representatives and stewards in the community and voluntary sector in Scotland – who […]

International Workers Memorial Day remember the dead fight for the living

Today is international workers memorable day. It is our day to remember the dead and fight for the living. We all know someone whose life has been lost or touched by work related ill-health, incidents and accidents. Around the world one worker dies every 15 seconds. Up to 50,000 people die each year in the […]

Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2016

Violent Assaults on Public Service Staff – UNISON Scotland Survey 2016 Since 2006, UNISON Scotland has carried out an annual survey of assaults to public sector workers by issuing a Freedom of Information (FoI) request to all employers of UNISON members in the public sector. Our analysis of the figures received for 2016 shows a […]

Stress and overwork hit activists, members and services and must be tackled

#ulgc16 “Our members are experiencing intolerable increases in workloads, staffing levels are cut to the bone and morale is at rock bottom”. That was the message from Scott Donohoe, from UNISON Scotland, as he called on conference to recognise the massive impact that stress and overwork has on members and to adopt measures to support […]

International Workers Memorial Day

Staff at UNISON Scotland gathered to recognise International Workers Memorial Day. It is a day to remember those who have died or been injured at work. Dave Watson, head of policy and public affairs at UNISON Scotland, reminded everyone that although numbers are reducing 20 people died at work last year in Scotland and many more were injured. He also asked […]

Health and Safety

To be effective in our fight for safe working conditions we need people in every workplace to act as advisors and watchdogs on health and safety issues. You’ll get full training and support from UNISON as well as paid time off from your employer to carry out your union role. Check out more information on […]

Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2015

UNISON Scotland is publishing today Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2015. It shows an increase of 1,227 assaults compared with 2014. The total recorded assaults on public sector workers in Scotland in 2015 was 38,279. This compares to 20,000 in 2006. UNISON report included a survey, to ask […]