Category Archives: Local Government

Glasgow struggle shows how far we are from pay equality

Delegates at Local Government Conference slammed the lack of progress on equal pay despite UK and EU legislation and UNISON’s campaigning and pledged to continue the struggle to achieve equal pay across local government. Speaking in support of the NJC Local Government Committee motion, Denise Phillips, a Glasgow Home Care steward told conference of their […]

Social workers must reject role of agents of state and stand up for ethical practice

Activists who attended Sunday’s lunchtime fringe meeting “Social work against the state attack on asylum and refuge” heard powerful presentations on the need to support our members in social work to practice ethically when it comes to refugees and asylum seekers. The meeting was chaired by Chris Tansley, Chair of UNISON Local Government Social Care […]

Jannies victory in Glasgow – more members, more pay and back in-house

Local Government Conference welcomed Bill Petrie, one of the Glasgow Jannies who took on their employer, Cordia (an arms length company in Glasgow) and after a hard fought 20 month dispute, won a great victory. On Sunday, delegates applauded their campaign, Justice4Jannies, and in turn Bill thanked UNISON for its support. Bill gave the background […]

Working for better pensions’ governance

Local Government delegates gave unanimous backing for a motion from the Scottish Joint Council Committee for a campaign to ensure that UNISON members are actively involved in the governance of our pension schemes and funds. The Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme already has UNISON seats on every pension board in each of the eleven funds; […]

Need for mental health action plans as cuts bring pressures

UNISON called for a strategy to combat mental health issues in the workplace arising as a result of increasing workloads and other workplace pressures faced as a consequence of UK Government austerity cuts and the brutal financial cuts to local government. This strategy will call for local government employers to ensure effective workload management schemes, […]

Bring services back in house and provide for need not greed

Local Government Conference slammed the outsourcing of public services as “well and truly” discredited. It backed a high-profile campaign to keep public services in-house and to bring back those already outsourced. It demanded greater transparency from outsourced services and will campaign for full equal pay compliance in such companies. Moving the composite motion from Renfrewshire […]

It’s ONE team – we all deserve fair pay

UNISON is continuing its campaign for fair pay for ALL local government workers.   UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee will now be focusing on education under the theme: “It’s ONE team – we all deserve fair pay” During the month of June we will highlight the fact that education is delivered by a whole team and […]

Local Government Pay Update – Briefing for members

Dear Member, UPDATE – Local Government Pay UNISON have been working hard to secure an improvement to the current pay offer put forward by COSLA.  This briefing is to bring you up to date with this activity, to outline our next steps in trying to secure you a decent pay rise and let you know […]

Further letter to Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution

This is to keep you up to date on the local government pay negotiations. This is a joint trade union letter to Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, dated: 15th May 2018, regarding COSLA Pay Offer for local government workers. The letter covers: Public sector pay, Public sector pay policy, Equity and […]

Local Government Conference 2018

Conference reports from a Scotland perspective and where Scotland delegates are particularly involved on 17-18 June 2018. For other reports see the UK pages. Conference Home | Service Group Reports |               Tweets by @unisonscot