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Latest press releases from UNISON Scotland

NEW UNISON RESEARCH BY JIMMY REID FOUNDATION

As agreeing the Scottish Government Budget for 2018/2019 reaches a critical stage, UNISON has commisioned a new report from the Jimmy Reid Foundation: The contribution local government makes to our communities and the local economy. With funding for local government in the proposed Scottish Budget viewed as inadequate by many and with the Scottish Green Party […]

UNISON women welcome councillors decision to end pay discrimination

Glasgow City Council’s City Administration Committee voted today (Wednesday) not to appeal to the Supreme Court in the long running equal pay cases brought by thousands of council employees. The mainly women claimants have been pursuing the council for equal pay since the council introduced its current pay and grading system in 2007 and Action4Equality […]

Time’s up on pay discrimination says UNISON as it calls on Glasgow City Council to end equal pay dispute

UNISON Scotland is calling on Glasgow City Council to put an end to damaging and expensive legal appeals and finally pay women what they are owed. Glasgow’s City Administration Committee will meet tomorrow (Wednesday, January 17) to discuss its next move in the long-running equal pay dispute, estimated to be worth up to £500m. The […]

Scottish government must stop the closure of 12 Bield care homes, says UNISON

UNISON is calling for the Scottish government to stop the closure of 12 care homes run by Bield Housing and Care. UNISON will make this call at a public meeting called by the families of the elderly and vulnerable at a public meeting today (Saturday 13 January). 160 elderly people with dependent needs, including 24 […]

Unions submit local government 2018 pay claim

Unions submit local government 2018 pay claim Trade unions representing local government workers across Scotland (UNISON, Unite and GMB) have submitted their pay claim to local government today. The pay claim was submitted to COSLA (employers) by the Trade Union side of the Scottish Local Government Joint Council for the period 1 April 2018 to […]

Get it Minuted! Campaign on Scottish Government record keeping

PRESS RELEASE FROM CFoIS:   The Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland (CFoIS) is launching a ‘Get it Minuted’ Campaign and is calling on people and organisations to ask and insist that there are agendas, notes and minutes for any meetings with the Scottish Government. The two actions which can be taken up by […]

Ambulance services on life support for the festive period

The union representing Scottish ambulance workers warned today that lives are being put in danger due to poor planning and dangerously low staffing levels. UNISON, Scotland’s biggest health service trade union, said that ambulance technicians and paramedics are repeatedly being asked to work excessively long hours without breaks. Scottish Ambulance Service UNISON Branch Secretary, Stevie […]

Festive cheer for Glasgow’s low paid women

Around ten thousand low paid women at Glasgow city council received a large helping of festive cheer from Scotland’s top judges today. The council was today refused permission by the Court of Session to appeal against the women’s equal pay victory earlier this year. After ten years of litigation, the claimants supported by UNISON and Action […]

UNISON comment on Scottish Budget

UNISON comment on Scottish Budget Dave Watson, UNISON Scottish organiser said: “Any relief from Tory austerity is welcome, but the very modest use of tax powers, particularly for the highest earners, means that public services will be under considerable pressure next year. Yet again it is councils who will bear the brunt of austerity with […]

Investment in early years workers is vital in reducing the attainment gap of Scotland’s children

This is the message UNISON will take to the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday) as it presents its new research report into early learning and childcare. Key findings from the UNISON-commissioned report, conducted by Strathclyde University, include: **More than three quarters of early years workers (EYWs) agreed that EYWs and teachers in early learning and childcare […]