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Public sector recruitment crisis because of ageing workforce, says UNISON report.

A new report from UNISON warns of a recruitment crisis in the public sector within the next decade because of an ageing workforce. UNISON say that 40% of the public sector workforce are to retire in the next 10 years. This is after a decade of austerity in public services which has drastically reduced the […]

UNISON Nursing and Midwifery Conference 2017

REGISTER TODAY – September 1, 2017, from 10am-4pm This conference is open to our members across the whole nursing family, including: nurses, midwives, health visitors and healthcare assistants. Together we will consider the key issues currently affecting members and offer an opportunity to debate the future of nursing in Scotland. Speakers include: *  Professor Patricia […]

Scottish Government report on NHS staffing – UNISON response

Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) Scottish Government report on NHS staffing, Matt McLaughlin, head of health for UNISON Scotland, said: “UNISON welcomes the publication of the latest NHS Workforce statistics and were not surprised that the government has chosen to focus on the apparent overall increase in NHS workers. The real story, however, lies in the […]

UNISON tells Glasgow City Council it’s time to pay up following equal pay victory

UNISON Scotland has won an equal pay victory today (Tuesday) which will affect thousands of low-paid workers in Glasgow. Women in Glasgow had been excluded from sizeable bonuses for many years. UNISON argued that while the claimants had been unfairly discriminated against before the new system was introduced, the council’s decision to continue the unequal […]

We must put our services at centre of this election

UNISON Scotland statement to members on the General Election The Tories want this election to be all about delivering a large mandate for Brexit negotiations. The Prime Minister has called this election to seek a mandate for her misguided hard Brexit strategy. Having ruled out the possibility of an election, and despite a commitment that […]

National Executive election results

The results of the 2017-2019 UNISON National Executive elections have been announced today. The successful candidates will take up their posts at the close of the union’s national conference in June and will hold office till the end of the 2019 conference.. The successful candidates in Scotland were: General seat: Stephen Smellie (South Lanarkshire Branch) Female seats: […]

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 […]

Health Conference 2017

Health conference backs Scotland call for campaign to defend NHS and more… Scotland won UNISON Health Conference’s backing for a five-point plan to build a campaign to defend the NHS. The Conference from 24-26 April called for the Health leadership to work with the Health Committees of the four nations and with Regional Health Committees […]