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Latest press releases from UNISON Scotland

Public sector recruitment crisis because of ageing workforce, says UNISON report.

A new report from UNISON warns of a recruitment crisis in the public sector within the next decade because of an ageing workforce. UNISON say that 40% of the public sector workforce are to retire in the next 10 years. This is after a decade of austerity in public services which has drastically reduced the […]

Scottish Government report on NHS staffing – UNISON response

Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) Scottish Government report on NHS staffing, Matt McLaughlin, head of health for UNISON Scotland, said: “UNISON welcomes the publication of the latest NHS Workforce statistics and were not surprised that the government has chosen to focus on the apparent overall increase in NHS workers. The real story, however, lies in the […]

UNISON tells Glasgow City Council it’s time to pay up following equal pay victory

UNISON Scotland has won an equal pay victory today (Tuesday) which will affect thousands of low-paid workers in Glasgow. Women in Glasgow had been excluded from sizeable bonuses for many years. UNISON argued that while the claimants had been unfairly discriminated against before the new system was introduced, the council’s decision to continue the unequal […]

UNISON urge council staff to vote in landmark industrial ballot

  UNISON Scotland is balloting all local government staff in what is seen as the first big test of the new Trade Union Act 2016. This tory government legislation means that unless 50% of eligible members take part in the ballot, UNISON cannot call industrial action. There have been localised disputes, but this is the […]

Scottish Labour’s parliamentary motion to end pay cap on NHS staff, UNISON comments 

Scotland’s biggest NHS union, UNISON welcomes today’s debate in the Scottish Parliament on NHS pay, and is calling on all parties to back calls for the Westminster government to drop its austerity pay agenda. Tam Waterson, chair of UNISON Scotland’s health committee said, “UNISON will continue to call for the NHS pay review body ‎to […]

UNISON comment on Fatal Accident Inquiry – Doris Margaret Gilchrist

  A spokesperson for UNISON said: “This has been an incredibly distressing case and our thoughts remain with Margaret’s family. “While Sheriff Wood is clear this was a tragic accident, the report states that failure to have a sufficiently detailed risk assessment in place was a contributing factor in Margaret’s death. It also highlights that […]

UNISON to ballot local government members in fight for fair pay

UNISON members have instructed their trade union to ballot 70,000 local government members across every local authority in Scotland on industrial action. The decision was announced at UNISON’s local government committee meeting today (Monday) following a consultative ballot which saw 77.6 per cent vote to reject the employers’ pay offer. Dougie Black, regional organiser for […]

Public services are top priority for vast majority of Scottish voters, says polling

UNISON launches its manifesto for the local government elections in Scotland today, ‘For fairness and democracy: keep it local’ (1 April 2017). Its is launched with polling from Survation showing that public services are the top priority for voters (70%); followed by the economy (51%); and job security and availability (44%). According to Survation polling […]

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 […]

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 […]