Category Archives: Local Government

Council Pay 2017 New offer and more talks

The Scottish Joint Council Steering Group (council negotiating body) met on 14 February to start negotiations on pay. We reached a point where the employers tabled a slightly different offer which was; £300 for those earning up to £30,000 and 1% for those above. The joint trade union position was united behind the need for only a flat […]

Local Government Pay Claim 2017 update

BRIEFING FOR BRANCHES The Scottish Local Government Conference on Friday 3 February received details of the offer from the Scottish employers in response to our pay claim. The offer is attached for information. The offer is as follows; £250 flat rate for those on spinal column points up to £25,000. 1% for those on spinal […]

Local Government budget update

Our updated briefing on the implications of the Scottish government’s draft budget for local government after the budget revisions announced in parliament on 2nd February. We have still to see the details, but the interim numbers look like a significant improvement on the original allocations. However, most councils will still face difficult budget decisions and […]

North Lanarkshire Council sign UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

UNISON congratulated North Lanarkshire Council – who have adopted UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter today. This will ensure high standards in homecare, and better conditions for homecare workers. It is great news for vulnerable service users, their families and homecare staff, says UNISON The Ethical Care Charter was developed by UNISON following concerns raised about the […]

Hard Lessons: Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts

This is a large scale survey of support staff working in schools across Scotland. It is a wide ranging report giving a clear overview of what is going on in Scottish schools. Its main finding is that support staff have lack of time, lack of resources and heavy workloads which mean they are struggling to […]

No happy new year for Local Government Workers.

Council staff who work tirelessly to provide services across the festive period are being treated in a disgraceful fashion by their employers, say UNISON. UNISON, and other local authority trade unions, lodged a pay claim with the Scottish employers in August 2016. However despite many requests employers have failed to respond to it. That’s despite arranging pay […]

UNISON lobby Scottish Parliament to call for fair funding for Scotland’s councils

Scotland’s largest trade union will join with other public service unions tomorrow (Thursday) to call for an end to public service cuts. The lobby takes place on the day the Scottish Government delivers its draft budget for 2017/18. Local government has taken the brunt of cuts in Scotland, with Scottish Government funding falling by £186m […]