Category Archives: Reports

International Workers Memorial Day 2018 remember the dead fight for the living

On 28 April each year – International Workers’ Memorial Day – we remember the dead and fight for the living. This year’s theme is ‘unionised workplaces are safer workplaces’. See the list of events around Scotland on the Scottish Hazards website – along with posters for each event. We all know someone whose life has […]

Giving shelter: cuts to sheltered housing

This is a survey of housing wardens sheltered housing officers, care support workers with a small number of people in other roles, e.g. cleaner, housing officer/manager, cook. All respondents are UNISON members It is part of UNISON Scotland’s Damage series – a range of reports into the impact of austerity cuts on the delivery of […]

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 […]

Local Government Pay

This is a letter from Mark Ferguson, Chair of UNISON Scotland Local Government Service Group, to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay MSP. He sets out UNISON’s concerns over the lack of funding for local government pay in the draft Scottish budget and highlights the inconsistent approach compared to teachers pay.

Early Learning and Childcare research report

UNISON Scotland commissioned an independent assessment of the contribution made by Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) staff to childcare and education services in Scotland. The research constructively informs the work of UNISON Scotland in promoting the role, contribution and interests of Early Years Workers (ELWs) in the context of any upcoming expandion of early years […]

Scotland’s road network is deteriorating because of cuts, says UNISON report

Road budgets have been cut by 21% since 2012 and is having a serious detrimental effect on Scotland’s road network UNISON Scotland’s report, Road to Nowhere (opposite) consulted council road teams around Scotland including: road workers, engineers, technicians, team and managers. These teams main responsibilities include: road maintenance, traffic management, and lighting. The workforce reported […]

Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2017

Violent Assaults on Public Service Staff in Scotland – UNISON Survey 2017 UNISON Scotland has carried out an annual survey of assaults to public sector workers based on Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to employers of UNISON members in the public sector since 2006. We ask employers to tell us the total number of assaults which […]

It’s Not Part Of The Job – A health and safety guide on tackling violence at work

Violence at work is a major occupational hazard for many UNISON members. Physical attacks are the most serious form of violence, but verbal abuse and threats are much more common and can have long-term health effects. This guide is produced for safety representatives and stewards in the community and voluntary sector in Scotland – who […]

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 […]

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 […]