Category Archives: Local Government

Local Government Budget 2018-19

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee is conducting an inquiry into the budget for the next financial year. At this stage we don’t have the draft budget, so our submission outlines the financial and other pressures on councils, who have taken the brunt of austerity cuts in Scotland. We also include the comments of members, […]

First Minister must intervene in Bield Housing decision to close 12 care homes

Bield Housing and Care, announced yesterday (11 October) that they intend to close 12 care homes in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Borders, South Lanarkshire and West Lothian by summer 2018. Some 160 elderly people, with dependent needs  including 24 hour personal care and feeding assistance, will be evicted from the place they have called home for […]

UNISON comment on proposed 400 job losses at Midlothian Council

  Grace Chalmers, UNISON Midlothian branch secretary said: “We have been informed that over 400 jobs are to go at Midlothian Council, that is approximatley 10% of the workforce. If the proposed cuts are accepted this will have huge detrimental effect for the local economy and services provided by the council. The local economy depends on […]

Public service workers march on Holyrood for fair pay

Public sector workers along with their families and friends will march and rally later today (Saturday) in Edinburgh in support of fair pay for everyone working in Scotland’s schools, local councils, police forces and hospitals. The march will assemble from 11am in Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, and set off down the Edinburgh’s Royal Mile at 11.45am. […]

UNISON win second big equal pay victory in Glasgow

UNISON Scotland has won a second big equal pay victory today (Friday) which will affect thousands of low-paid workers in Glasgow. The successful appeal to the Court of Session concerns UNISON’s challenge to the Glasgow City Council’s Workforce, Pay and Benefits Review. In 2006, UNISON was not satisfied with the council’s way of measuring the […]

UNISON vows to keep up the fight against privatisation of public services

Local Government Conference condemned the outsourcing and privatisation of public services that has seen the four biggest outsourcing companies in the UK get more than £4 billion a year of public money. Delegates backed a range of measures to oppose Tory government plans for further outsourcing, especially in England and Wales. Moving the motion on […]

UNISON calls for zero tolerance on bullying and harassment

Delegates at Local Government Conference heard harrowing accounts of bullying at work from a range of members and activists and backed a complete zero tolerance on bullying and harassment and actions to eradicate it. Building on the work of Scotland young members in their “Gonnae no dae that” campaign, the National Young Members Forum had […]

Closing the gender pay gap in local government

Almost 50 years after the 1970 Equal Pay Act Local Government once again condemned the increasing gap between men and women’s pay. Delegates welcomed UNISON’s involvement in the Women and Local Government Commission and backed action to address the widening pay gap. UNISON will continue to campaign vigorously to close the gap, by pressing employers […]