Category Archives: Briefings

Climate Change Bill

The Scottish Government has published the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill. This E-Brief looks at the reason why the Bill’s target of 90% emissions reduction by 2050 is “hugely disappointing.” With Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, we want the target to be net zero by 2050 at the latest. UNISON, with the Just Transition […]

Local Governance Review: Democracy Matters

In December 2017, the Scottish government and COSLA jointly launched a Local Governance Review. The aim is to make sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run.UNISON‟s Scottish Council considered the issues raised by the review at its February meeting. Here is a summary of that discussion: Local […]

Fairer Scotland Duty

The Fairer Scotland Duty came into force in April this year. The Scottish government has published interim guidance for public bodies to support them in meeting their obligations under the Act. The aim of the duty is to “put tackling inequality genuinely at the heart of key decision making.” This means that the Act and […]

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.

Local Government Pay Claim

UNISON members have suffered a real terms pay cut over the last ten years. Despite the news headlines following the budget, there was no allocation of funds to local authorities to meet the three percent pay rise that other public sector workers are likely to receive. The UNISON Local Government Committee is now in negotiations […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries

The Scottish government has published the long-awaited update on guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries. The guidance is a substantial document which will require detailed reading when branches are working with employers to ensure the guidance is implemented. The new guidance takes on board some of UNISON’s key concerns. There are now […]

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.

Briefing – Draft Scottish Budget

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