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UNISON urge council staff to vote in landmark industrial ballot

  UNISON Scotland is balloting all local government staff in what is seen as the first big test of the new Trade Union Act 2016. This tory government legislation means that unless 50% of eligible members take part in the ballot, UNISON cannot call industrial action. There have been localised disputes, but this is the […]

Scottish Labour’s parliamentary motion to end pay cap on NHS staff, UNISON comments 

Scotland’s biggest NHS union, UNISON welcomes today’s debate in the Scottish Parliament on NHS pay, and is calling on all parties to back calls for the Westminster government to drop its austerity pay agenda. Tam Waterson, chair of UNISON Scotland’s health committee said, “UNISON will continue to call for the NHS pay review body ‎to […]

Questions for candidates in the Scottish council elections 2017

Scottish council election is on Thursday 4 May 2017. Candidates are out campaigning for your vote. Please circulate UNISON Scotland’s Questions For Candidates on social media and elsewhere. They are based on UNISON Scotland’s manifesto for local government. If you are meeting with candidates, attending a hustings or out campaigning over the next week – this is our last chance […]

STUC backs WASPI campaign against pension cuts for millions of women

#stuc2017 The STUC has backed a campaign against Government pension cuts that have left millions of women’s retirement plans in chaos. It will demand the government provides a full package of transitional arrangements for all women born on or after 6th April 1951 who have ‘unfairly borne the burden of the increase to the State […]

STUC will campaign to end the public sector pay cap

#stuc2017 Congress slammed the Scottish Government’s failure to use devolved powers over public sector pay policy to protect their own workforce from Tory austerity cuts. The STUC will mount a high profile campaign across affiliates in the public sector to end the1% public sector pay cap, including a public sector seminar to explore a co-ordinated […]

Trade unions urged to support activists acting within BDS policy

#stuc2017 Congress agreed to remit Aberdeen Trade Union Council’s two motions on Palestine in favour of a robust General Council statement reinforcing the STUC’s support for the Palestinian people and for the campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) The statement pledged to encourage affiliates with BDS policies to support members through financial, legal and […]

Public sector reform must involve staff and service users

#stuc2017 The STUC has backed UNISON Scotland depute convener Stephen Smellie’s call for a public service reform agenda based on the Christie Commission report principles of integrated service delivery with staff and citizen engagement based on local democracy, not centralisation. The UNISON Scotland motion noted that, all too often, cuts in funding were the driver […]

Action needed now on gender pay gap

#stuc2017 Research by the University and College Union has revealed that four Scottish universities – Aberdeen, Glasgow, St Andrews and UHI – were amongst the worst in the UK for paying women employees less than their male counterparts – with the average shortfall across the UK standing at £6,103. STUC delegates voted to support unions […]