Category Archives: International

Defending democracy in Catalonia

#stuc18 Congress agreed a motion on defending democracy in Catalonia that called for the immediate release and acquittal of all political prisoners, and pledged political pressure in Holyrood and Westminster to achieve this. All affiliates and Trades Unions Councils are asked to proactively link up with their equivalents in Catalonia – working to strengthen solidarity […]

International Workers Memorial Day 2018 remember the dead fight for the living

On 28 April each year – International Workers’ Memorial Day – we remember the dead and fight for the living. This year’s theme is ‘unionised workplaces are safer workplaces’. See the list of events around Scotland on the Scottish Hazards website – along with posters for each event. We all know someone whose life has […]

Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions – Pension Funds

International Committee launches ‘Time to Divest’ camopaign to stop council pension funds investing in corporations are increasingly directly involved or complicit in Israel’s illegal occupation, in the torture, oppression and dispossession of Palestinians. Each council in Scotland is allocated to one of the 11 pension fund administrators. Click here for a list of the allocation of councils to […]

Defend Catalan Democracy: National Demonstration 14 April

UNISON Scotland is backing this demonstration on Saturday 14 April at 1pm at the Buchanan Street Steps, Glasgow. The union signed the statement below. More details at “We, the undersigned, recognise the fundamental and inalienable rights of all peoples across the world to self-determination and condemn in the strongest possible terms the authoritarian actions […]

Scottish International Committee Sao Paulo Appeal 2018

Following the success of the Scottish International Committee delegation to Brazil in 2017, we have launched an appeal to raise £5,000 for a trade union resource centre there. The local women from the FERAESP union (Federation of Rural Workers of the State of Sao Paulo) told us that support for building and resourcing a union […]

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 […]