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Vital local services in Scotland are collapsing say council staff in UNISON survey

Local government spending cuts have left councils in Scotland unable to meet the needs of local communities and, in some cases, are putting the public at risk, says UNISON today (Monday). A survey, released to coincide with the union’s local government conference, reveals that almost eight in ten (78%) council workers have no confidence in […]

Unions serve notice of strike action on East Dunbartonshire Council

Unions have served formal notice on East Dunbartonshire Council and its offshoot East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust of four days of strike action over proposed cuts to workers’ terms and conditions. UNISON members will take strike action on 21, 22, 25 and 26 June. UNISON has also served notice that from 2 July, its members […]

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 […]

UNISON report reveals trading standards cuts are putting public safety at risk

The number of trading standards officers have been cut by almost a quarter (23%) in the past six years, giving rogue traders free rein to scam the public says UNISON. The findings are part of the UNISON Scotland’s latest survey – Trading Safety: a survey of trading standards staff – released today (Wednesday). The report […]

UNISON members in East Dunbartonshire vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

East Dunbartonshire faces a summer of discontent after UNISON members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over proposed cuts to workers’ terms and conditions. The vote on whether to move to industrial action was put to the largely female workforce – employed by East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust (EDLC) […]

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 […]

Scotland in UNISON No 131 May 2018

Unions fight off facility time attack Council pay: Joint call to government for funding NHS Scotland must pay up now in no detriment deal Police staff strike 19 month pay deal Council slammed as UNISON member awarded £56k All you need to know about UNISON learning courses Angus women win victory on International Women’s Day […]

UNISON to press Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary, Finance & the Constitution, for more money for local government workers at a key meeting on Thursday 10th May.

The Joint Trades Unions, representing the vast majority of the local government workforce on the Scottish Joint Council, submitted their pay claim in January. CoSLA, the employers body, put forward a best and final pay offer on 26th March 2018. The same pay offer was made to all local government bargaining groups. At the same […]

Letter from Scottish Government to UNISON on local government pay

This letter is from Craig Inglis, Local Government and Communities Directorate, Local Government & Analytical Services Division. Regarding the COSLA pay offer.  We are keen to ensure all our members have all the latest information and correspondence on our pay negotiations.  We wrote to to Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution. You […]