Category Archives: Public Works

Public Sector Futures Spring 2018

The latest edition of Futures gives updates on the local government budget, behaviour in schools and the expansion of early years education. There is also news on the latest review of local governance in Scotland and UNISON’s support for campaigns to improve how the Freedom of Information Act is currently working in Scotland.

UNISON statement on Scottish budget

The Scottish government has secured a deal with the Greens to pass its budget proposals ahead of a Holyrood vote. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay had been in negotiations with opposition leaders to find backing for his plans, which include changes to the tax system. The deal with the Greens will see an additional £170m going […]

Assessing the impact of austerity cuts

This e-brief is a reminder for UNISON branches of the importance of cuts impact assessments. Branches and Regional Organisers should ensure CIA Forms are completed/updated regularly for each employer, recording initial savings proposals then actual cuts agreed. This helps in our campaigning, locally and nationally. (2018/19 Form here)

Futures Autumn 2017

This edition of Futures gives an overview of the new Scottish government programme in areas which could impact on UNISON members. In particular education reform, childcare expansion, the proposed socio-economic duty and the Barclay Review of non domestic rates

Building Stress: a survey of building control staff

This survey is the latest in our Damage series of reports which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and the people who deliver them. It shows a group of workers who are short-staffed, overworked, stressed and long overdue a pay rise. This report reveals a dedicated workforce committed to ensuring […]

Council Connections June 2017

This is the latest Council Connections bulletin, covering the key issues facing local government in 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 […]

Futures Summer 2017 edition 19

 This edition of Public Service Futures contains an update on control of councils following the elections, a look at what UNISON believes the new council leadership should be focusing on and an update on fracking in Scotland.

Response: Early years petition PE01630

Our response to:  Public Petition PE01630: Eligibility for part-time funded nursery place following a child’s third birthday.    

Public Service Futures Spring 2017

 The latest edition of Public Service Futures includes articles on: public sector reform, reducing poverty and inequality, new research on health inequalities, introducing high quality childcare and the latest information on the local government budget.