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Latest press releases from UNISON Scotland

UNISON win second big equal pay victory in Glasgow

UNISON Scotland has won a second big equal pay victory today (Friday) which will affect thousands of low-paid workers in Glasgow. The successful appeal to the Court of Session concerns UNISON’s challenge to the Glasgow City Council’s Workforce, Pay and Benefits Review. In 2006, UNISON was not satisfied with the council’s way of measuring the […]



Glasgow school janitors win pay rise, maintain one janitor / one school and secure jobs

Statement by City of Glasgow UNISON branch Glasgow After a dispute lasting twenty months janitors in Glasgow’s primary, nursery and ASL schools have won a 6% pay rise which will see all janitors annual pay increase by £1,184 from today (14 August). The deal maintains one janitor/one school, which was to go under proposals from […]



UNISON comment on Audit Scotland report ‘Scotland’s NHS needs better workforce planning’

  Matt McLaughlin, UNISON Scotland’s head of health said:  “UNISON members across the NHS in Scotland support many of the findings in this report, there is no doubt that the service needs to significantly up its game when it comes to workforce planning, however many will question the suggestion that spending and staffing levels have increased. We are […]



UNISON legal victory sees employment tribunal fees scrapped

UNISON’s tribunal fee verdict is a victory for everyone in work UNISON UK press release: https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2017/07/tribunal-fees-victory/ UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Wednesday 26 July 2017) against the government, which means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped. The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government […]



UNISON steps up combating austerity campaign to save public sector millions

A campaign to help Scotland’s public sector save and raise millions of pounds is being stepped up today (20 July 2017), with a new report from UNISON on combating austerity. Scotland’s largest public service union says new figures from councils and health boards demonstrate the importance of its proposed measures designed to help protect services […]



Cap busting pay deal for Scottish Colleges

  Following several weeks of negotiations on pay and leave in the Scottish  National Joint Negotiating Committee for Support Staff in Further Education Colleges, at a meeting in Edinburgh on Thursday 29 June 2017, a final position was reached between Support Staff unions ( UNISON, UNITE, GMB) and Employers’ representatives. The proposals  will see all […]



Building control staff are overworked, stressed and stuck in the office, says UNISON

That’s the conclusion of UNISON Scotland’s latest survey – Building Stress: a survey of building control staff – released today (Wednesday). The report is the latest in the union’s Damage series which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and the people who deliver them. The survey reveals a group […]



Low-paid women will welcome MSPs equality plan, says UNISON

UNISON Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s report on pay equality and says it gives hope to low-paid women. The report by the Economy and Fair Work Committee, published today (Monday), gives comprehensive and detailed recommendations to promote pay equality and tackle the enduring 16% pay gap between women and men. Recommendations include: • The […]



UNISON launch campaign to scrap the 1% pay rise cap on NHS workers

NHS union UNISON have launched a summer of campaign activity calling on the Scottish Government to ‘scrap the cap’ on NHS pay, which will include the union and members lobbying Scottish Government ministers on pay as they carry out their annual round of NHS Board Reviews. The union which represents almost 60,000 workers across NHS […]



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 […]