Category Archives: International

International: US ups the stakes against Nicaragua

News from the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group on the NICA act. They will be lobbying MPs and political parties over the coming weeks, and hope that members will support their campaign. Click here or on the graphic for a briefing. Almost forty years on from the US-backed contra war against Nicaragua, a war which cost 30,000 lives and […]

UNISON support for B’Tselem human rights group

UNISON has links with and has resourced projects promoted by B’Tselem. B’Tselem is the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories works to end Israel’s occupation in acknowledgment of the fact that ending the occupation regime is the only way to forge a future in which human rights, democracy, liberty and equality […]

Trump’s irresponsible Jerusalem decision risks peace process

UNISON Scotland’s International Committee has condemned the Trump administration’s decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in contravention of United Nations resolutions. UNISON Scotland has long been part of the campaign for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, to live free from occupation and repression and to have the right […]

UNISON Scotland Statement on Catalonia

We respect the right of self determination of all peoples. We respect the right of the Catalan people to self-determination, and to decide for themselves their own future political, social and economic institutions and forms of representation. That as Spain is itself a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) – […]

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 […]


Sam Macartney reports on Aleida Guevara’s visit to Scotland:  On Saturday 11 November 2017 I had the great pleasure and honour to speak on behalf of UNISON Scotland at the STUC as one of the speakers at Aleida’s speaking tour and her visit to Scotland. The speaking tour is to commemorate Aleida’s father Che and […]

Havana Glasgow Film Festival – and our friend Chris Bartter

UNISON is proud to promote the Havana Glasgow Film Festival running from 9 – 12 November 2017. Our involvement in the Festival was through our friend, comrade and former colleague Chris Bartter. For those of you who are not aware, tragically Chris died suddenly on Saturday 28 October. This was a tremendous shock to us all. (See […]

People Power film festival returns to Scottish cities

 Take One Action, the UK’s leading global change film festival, returns to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness this autumn, bringing some of the most acclaimed films of the year about the big issues of our time, from social inequality and women’s empowerment to workers’ rights and climate change. Celebrating the people and the movies that […]

UNISON Scotland Brazil field trip blog

Louise Giblin (Member of UNISON’s Scottish International Committee) & Kaila McCulloch (Vice Chair of the committee) are on a UNISON field trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil. From 15 June 2017 they will spend 10 days visiting occupied settlements and meeting with rural workers and the union FERAESP, gaining a good insight into the work and […]