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Latest press releases from UNISON Scotland

UNISON Scotland Auschwitz tour to remember Holocaust heroine

UNISON activists are embarking on a study tour to Auschwitz on Wednesday (25 April) to raise awareness of the atrocities of the Holocaust and also to honour Jane Haining – the only Scottish woman known to have died in the concentration camp. The tour – which will be undertaken by UNISON representatives from across Scotland […]

UNISON secures above inflation pay offer for NHS staff

Scotland’s biggest health union, UNISON has reacted positively to a draft joint statement on NHS pay which, if agreed, would secure an immediate above inflation 3% wage rise for the all NHS workers in Scotland. Speaking at the union’s annual health conference in Brighton, Chair of the UNISON Scotland health committee, Tom Waterson said: “It […]

UNISON calls on Scotland’s largest college to pay workers the Real Living Wage

The City of Glasgow College is to investigate moving the statue of Emily Pankhurst in London to the gates of the College whilst not paying low paid women the Real Living Wage of £8.75 per hour. A minute from a Board meeting on the 11th of October 2017 obtained by UNISON unveil that the Chair […]

Sheltered housing cuts increase loneliness in older people, says UNISON

UNISON Scotland is warning today against further cuts to sheltered housing budgets. The union says cuts are contributing to a generation of lonely older people and do not make financial sense when considering the effects on health. UNISON’s report, Giving Shelter released today (Friday, 6 April 2018), asked housing wardens about cuts in their sheltered […]

‘Warm, dry home should be a basic right’, says UNISON

One third of households in Scotland suffer from fuel poverty. A shocking statistic for a wealthy country that has an abundance of energy resources. A warm, dry home should be a basic right. These facts emerged as UNISON Scotland launched its fuel poverty initiative today, with support from Energy Action Scotland. The initiative brings together […]

UNISON Scotland gives a cautious welcome to NHS England Pay deal.

UNISON Scotland has offered a cautious welcome to news that the NHS UK Staff Council have reached agreement on a modernising pay deal for NHS England and is calling in the Scottish Government to enter into talks with NHS unions in Scotland urgently. Tom Waterson, Chair of the UNISON Scotland Health Committee said, “The NHS […]

UNISON open letter on Argyll & Bute HSCP cuts

UNISON has today sent and open letter regarding devastating health and social care cuts being proposed in Argyll & Bute (see link on right) Simon Macfarlane, UNISON Regional Organiser said: “Since news of these shocking proposals began to break UNISON has been inundated with members contacting us to express their dismay and fears, both for […]

Scottish Borders Council ‘woefully inadequate’ and ‘utterly shameful’, says employment tribunal judge.

Anthony Carson, who is a UNISON member, has been awarded £56,581 by an employment tribunal, the highest award possible in his case. Anthony successfully claimed that he was unfairly dismissed by Scottish Borders Council. The employment tribunal judge stated that Scottish Borders Council had run “one of the most woefully inadequate investigations of misconduct I […]

Fighting council cuts in Clackmannan

Media Release Date:  6th March 2018 Embargo: immediate Release UNISON Fight Council Cuts, Defend Vital Services, Protect Jobs. On Thursday the 8th of March, Elected Members at Clackmannanshire Council will vote on proposals which have the potential to decimate local services and will force the removal of staff terms and conditions, like overtime and unsocial […]

Dave Prentis launches Edinburgh mobile advice service

For immediate release UNISON launches new mobile face-to-face advice service for workers in Edinburgh and the Lothians UNISON is today (Friday) launching a new face-to-face advice service for employees working in care homes, GP practices or out in the community. The mobile advice unit – a custom-made vehicle with an office and internet access – will […]