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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 […]

A happy and peaceful festive season to all our members

… and especially to those working to keep Scotland’s essential services going over the holiday. Thousands of public service workers will be at work delivering Scotland’s essential services over the festive holidays. In local councils, the health services, utilities and many other services, UNISON members will be working to ensure we are looked after and […]

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 […]

Should Social Workers Be Part of the Immigration System and Border Control?

UNISON along with SASW and refugee support organisations are concerned at reports from England that social workers are being asked to share information on anyone who approaches them for help whose immigration status might be uncertain. A computerised programme called CONNECT is being widely deployed with the expectation that social work staff enter details which […]

Refugee and asylum blog launched

This page will feature occasional blogs to give news, advice and support to social work members on refugee and asylum issues. UNISON Scotland and Scottish Association of Social Work have launched a legal guide Refugee and Asylum in Scotland: Social work support a human right not an administrative burden to provide social workers with the […]

Stirling Council Adopt UNISON Ethical Care Charter

  Stirling are the latest council to adopt UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter. They join half a dozen of so councils in Scotland who have agreed to establish a minimum baseline for the safety, quality and dignity of care by ensuring employment conditions for social care workers. Adoption of the charter guarantees appropriate pay, training and […]

Refuge and Asylum in Scotland, a guide for social work members

This updated guidance provides some underlying general guidance and signpost to other more detailed information sources. It should provide a useful tool for negotiating with employers to ensure that the right resources are put in place, including awareness training and staffing. The first issue of this document was in October 2006 in order to provide […]

Tributes paid after sudden death of Unison union stalwart and freedom of information champion Chris Bartter

(Article by Stephen Naysmith, The Herald, 30 October 2017. Full article here) Tributes have been paid to Chris Bartter a lifelong trade unionist, freedom of information campaigner and blogger, after he died suddenly on Saturday. Mr Bartter, who lived in Glasgow, with Doreen, his partner of 40 years, was Scotland communications officer for the union […]

UNISON submit NHS pay claim to roll back austerity

UNISON Scotland, will formally submit their 2018 pay claim to Shona Robison Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well Being today (Monday) at 9am, when she attends NHS Tayside Health Board’s annual review. UNISON represents 60,000 NHS workers across Scotland (excludes medics and dentists) including managers, domestics, nurses and admin workers. The UNISON claim calls on […]

First Minister must intervene in Bield Housing decision to close 12 care homes

Bield Housing and Care, announced yesterday (11 October) that they intend to close 12 care homes in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Borders, South Lanarkshire and West Lothian by summer 2018. Some 160 elderly people, with dependent needs  including 24 hour personal care and feeding assistance, will be evicted from the place they have called home for […]