Category Archives: Local Government

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 […]

Local Government Pay 2018

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, […]

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.

Fair funding for local government

  Council services have born the brunt of austerity in Scotland. With the draft Scottish budget due on 14 December, we set out the evidence for a fair funding deal for Scottish local government.

Fair funding for local government

COSLA has produced a useful briefing on the case for fair funding for local government. We agree that in the 2018/19 Scottish budget there must be a fair settlement for local government.

Stirling Council Adopt UNISON Ethical Care Charter

  Stirling are the latest council to adopt UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter. They join half a dozen of so councils in Scotland who have agreed to establish a minimum baseline for the safety, quality and dignity of care by ensuring employment conditions for social care workers. Adoption of the charter guarantees appropriate pay, training and […]

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 […]