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Latest press releases from UNISON Scotland

UNISON – rise in attacks on public service staff is ‘tip of iceberg’

Public services union UNISON Scotland has called on the Scottish Government and all public service employers to take action immediately in order to tackle the “massive scale of the problem of violence against public sector workers”. UNISON’s annual Violence at Work survey published today (Friday 20 October) reveals a further increase in reported assaults on […]

UNISON submit NHS pay claim to roll back austerity

UNISON Scotland, will formally submit their 2018 pay claim to Shona Robison Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well Being today (Monday) at 9am, when she attends NHS Tayside Health Board’s annual review. UNISON represents 60,000 NHS workers across Scotland (excludes medics and dentists) including managers, domestics, nurses and admin workers. The UNISON claim calls on […]

First Minister must intervene in Bield Housing decision to close 12 care homes

Bield Housing and Care, announced yesterday (11 October) that they intend to close 12 care homes in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Borders, South Lanarkshire and West Lothian by summer 2018. Some 160 elderly people, with dependent needs  including 24 hour personal care and feeding assistance, will be evicted from the place they have called home for […]

UNISON comment on proposed 400 job losses at Midlothian Council

  Grace Chalmers, UNISON Midlothian branch secretary said: “We have been informed that over 400 jobs are to go at Midlothian Council, that is approximatley 10% of the workforce. If the proposed cuts are accepted this will have huge detrimental effect for the local economy and services provided by the council. The local economy depends on […]

Public service workers march on Holyrood for fair pay

Public sector workers along with their families and friends will march and rally later today (Saturday) in Edinburgh in support of fair pay for everyone working in Scotland’s schools, local councils, police forces and hospitals. The march will assemble from 11am in Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, and set off down the Edinburgh’s Royal Mile at 11.45am. […]

UNISON comment on UK government’s decision to extend the suspension of social care minimum wage:

UNISON is working hard, with employers across Scotland, to ensure that social care staff’s pay is compliant with the National Minimum Wage regulations. Penalties are needed to make sure unscrupulous employers abide by the law. The UK government extended amnesty is a green light for poor employers to carry on paying illegal wages without fear […]

UNISON Labour Link nominate Richard Leonard for Scottish Labour Leader

UNISON Labour Link Scotland today decided to nominate Richard Leonard MSP in the election for a new Leader of the Scottish Labour Party. This followed a consultation with branch Labour Link officers which came out overwhelmingly in favour of his nomination. UNISON Labour Link Scotland Chair Gordon McKay said: “UNISON Labour Link is pleased to […]

Scotland’s employers are failing workers who face violence at work, says UNISON

Violence at work is not ‘part of the job’ says UNISON as it launches a new health and safety guide today (Thursday). UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, says employers are failing workers in the community and voluntary sector by viewing violence at work as inevitable. The guide – It’s Not Part of the Job […]

Violence at work is not ‘part of the job’, says UNISON

UNISON Media Release Violence at work is not ‘part of the job’ says UNISON as it launches a new health and safety guide today (Thursday). UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, says employers are failing workers in the community and voluntary sector by viewing violence at work as inevitable. The guide – It’s Not Part […]

All NHS staff need a pay rise that’s above inflation, say Scottish health unions

Following the statement, that NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the UK government on behalf of more than one million health workers across the UK. NHS unions in Scotland say they will be meeting Scottish employers on (Wednesday) 20 September submit the exact same pay claim to their […]