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Latest press releases from UNISON Scotland

Vital local services in Scotland are collapsing say council staff in UNISON survey

Local government spending cuts have left councils in Scotland unable to meet the needs of local communities and, in some cases, are putting the public at risk, says UNISON today (Monday). A survey, released to coincide with the union’s local government conference, reveals that almost eight in ten (78%) council workers have no confidence in […]

Unions serve notice of strike action on East Dunbartonshire Council

Unions have served formal notice on East Dunbartonshire Council and its offshoot East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust of four days of strike action over proposed cuts to workers’ terms and conditions. UNISON members will take strike action on 21, 22, 25 and 26 June. UNISON has also served notice that from 2 July, its members […]

UNISON report reveals trading standards cuts are putting public safety at risk

The number of trading standards officers have been cut by almost a quarter (23%) in the past six years, giving rogue traders free rein to scam the public says UNISON. The findings are part of the UNISON Scotland’s latest survey – Trading Safety: a survey of trading standards staff – released today (Wednesday). The report […]

UNISON members in East Dunbartonshire vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike action

East Dunbartonshire faces a summer of discontent after UNISON members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over proposed cuts to workers’ terms and conditions. The vote on whether to move to industrial action was put to the largely female workforce – employed by East Dunbartonshire Council (EDC) and East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust (EDLC) […]

UNISON to press Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary, Finance & the Constitution, for more money for local government workers at a key meeting on Thursday 10th May.

The Joint Trades Unions, representing the vast majority of the local government workforce on the Scottish Joint Council, submitted their pay claim in January. CoSLA, the employers body, put forward a best and final pay offer on 26th March 2018. The same pay offer was made to all local government bargaining groups. At the same […]

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 […]