Category Archives: Health

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 […]

Joint approach needed to tackle NHS vacancies

Congress backed a motion from the newly affiliated Hospital Consultants and Specialists’ Association calling on the Scottish Government to address the rising numbers of vacancies for NHS consultants in Scottish hospitals. An amendment by the Society of Radiographers, backed by UNISON, recognised the need to develop the whole team to operate at the top of […]

UNISON Scotland gives a cautious welcome to NHS England Pay deal.

UNISON Scotland has offered a cautious welcome to news that the NHS UK Staff Council have reached agreement on a modernising pay deal for NHS England and is calling in the Scottish Government to enter into talks with NHS unions in Scotland urgently. Tom Waterson, Chair of the UNISON Scotland Health Committee said, “The NHS […]

Dave Prentis launches Edinburgh mobile advice service

For immediate release UNISON launches new mobile face-to-face advice service for workers in Edinburgh and the Lothians UNISON is today (Friday) launching a new face-to-face advice service for employees working in care homes, GP practices or out in the community. The mobile advice unit – a custom-made vehicle with an office and internet access – will […]

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 […]

Pay Up Now! campaign goes to parliament

There will be a photo opportunity for the media at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 20 December at 12pm. UNISON will deliver 5000 ‘fair pay’ christmas cards to constituency MSPs at the Scottish Parliament to support demands that the government pay up on NHS pay. Shona Robinson MSP, Scottish Minister for Health, will meet UNISON […]

‘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 […]

Stirling Council Adopt UNISON Ethical Care Charter

  Stirling are the latest council to adopt UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter. They join half a dozen of so councils in Scotland who have agreed to establish a minimum baseline for the safety, quality and dignity of care by ensuring employment conditions for social care workers. Adoption of the charter guarantees appropriate pay, training and […]

UNISON submit NHS pay claim to roll back austerity

UNISON Scotland, will formally submit their 2018 pay claim to Shona Robison Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well Being today (Monday) at 9am, when she attends NHS Tayside Health Board’s annual review. UNISON represents 60,000 NHS workers across Scotland (excludes medics and dentists) including managers, domestics, nurses and admin workers. The UNISON claim calls on […]