Category Archives: Local Government

Council Connections – April 2018

This is the latest edition of our Council Connections newsletter. All the news for those who care about local government in Scotland.

Sheltered housing cuts increase loneliness in older people, says UNISON

UNISON Scotland is warning today against further cuts to sheltered housing budgets. The union says cuts are contributing to a generation of lonely older people and do not make financial sense when considering the effects on health. UNISON’s report, Giving Shelter released today (Friday, 6 April 2018), asked housing wardens about cuts in their sheltered […]

Giving shelter: cuts to sheltered housing

This is a survey of housing wardens sheltered housing officers, care support workers with a small number of people in other roles, e.g. cleaner, housing officer/manager, cook. All respondents are UNISON members It is part of UNISON Scotland’s Damage series – a range of reports into the impact of austerity cuts on the delivery of […]

“Significant risks” to delivering early learning and childcare plan, UNISON comment

UNISON comment on embargoed news release (Thursday) on a joint report by the Auditor General for Scotland and the Accounts Commission into the expansion of early learning and childcare provision in Scotland: “Significant risks” to delivering early learning and childcare plan by 2020. Commenting on the report, Carol Ball convener of UNISON’s education issues group […]

Damaging impact of unfair council cuts

UNISON branches are campaigning hard against looming council budget cuts that will see more jobs lost and increasing damage to important services, with the most vulnerable people worst affected.  We oppose austerity cuts across all public services and the effects on the NHS are a key concern. Pressures over the winter saw A&E waiting times […]

Unions submit local government 2018 pay claim

Unions submit local government 2018 pay claim Trade unions representing local government workers across Scotland (UNISON, Unite and GMB) have submitted their pay claim to local government today. The pay claim was submitted to COSLA (employers) by the Trade Union side of the Scottish Local Government Joint Council for the period 1 April 2018 to […]

Pay claim update

UNISON reps from councils across Scotland met on 1 December 2017 to map out a campaign for a pay claim for 2018 that will repair some of the damage of years of real terms pay cuts. The average public service worker has lost almost £4,000 in the value of their pay since 2010. Mark Ferguson, […]

Local Government Pay 2018

News and updates on the Local Government Pay Claim 2018. 2017 Pay Campaign Archive

Festive cheer for Glasgow’s low paid women

Around ten thousand low paid women at Glasgow city council received a large helping of festive cheer from Scotland’s top judges today. The council was today refused permission by the Court of Session to appeal against the women’s equal pay victory earlier this year. After ten years of litigation, the claimants supported by UNISON and Action […]

Local Government Pay

This is a letter from Mark Ferguson, Chair of UNISON Scotland Local Government Service Group, to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay MSP. He sets out UNISON’s concerns over the lack of funding for local government pay in the draft Scottish budget and highlights the inconsistent approach compared to teachers pay.