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There is little direct monitoring of home care services by councils, says UNISON

Direct contract monitoring of service users is very limited and very few visits are made to check service users are receiving contracted levels of care, according to a report published today (Monday)  by UNISON Scotland at a Community Sector Conference in Glasgow. UNISON are calling for monitoring arrangements to be adequately staffed and include site […]

Scotland in UNISON No 124 March 2017

Branches stand up against more council cuts UNISON branches across Scotland turned out throughout February to fight for local services as the central funding axe fell on councils yet again. – Communications Awards: Great publicity work so important for the union – Victory as cleaners come back to NHS – Communications Awards 2016/17 – FE […]

UNISON slams plans for huge rises in fees for social care staff as a ‘tax on compassion’

UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, has hit out after an announcement by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to hike registration fees.  These will see annual fees rise by 66% for social care support workers and 75% for supervisors, with rises of up to 166% for the most qualified staff. The union says the […]

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 […]

UNISON comment on Scottish Health Minister’s Parliament statement on trauma centres

Commenting on today’s statement to Parliament by Shona Robison Cab Sec for Health, Wellbeing and Sport concerning the delay until 2020 of a network of major trauma centres across Scotland Matt McLaughlin, Regional Organiser, Health, said, “UNISON is pleased that the Cabinet Secretary has clarified the Governments position in parliament today, the pledge made by […]

North Ayrshire Council sign up to Ethical Care Pledge is great news, say UNISON

North Ayrshire Council has adopted UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, to ensure the delivery of high standards in homecare and better conditions for homecare workers. This 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 across the UK about the standards of […]

Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts, says UNISON report

Lack of time, resources and heavy workloads mean support staff are struggling to maintain standards for pupils in Scotland. That is the finding of a wide ranging UNISON report released today (Monday 16 January 2017) In probably one of the biggest surveys of school support staff ever in Scotland, staff report heavier workloads, jobs cuts, lack […]

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 […]

UNISON to meet with Justice Secretary to try and avert strike ballot.

Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and Police Scotland intransigence over police staff pay negotiations has caused a major industrial relations breakdown with UNISON. UNISON is meeting the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, on Monday 16 January 2017, to try and avert a pending strike ballot. Talks with Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland broke down […]