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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 […]



Brazil blog: January 2 settlement visit

Thursday 22 June from Kaila: Another early start, with a long road trip to Descalvado to visit a settlement called ‘January 2’ where we met with the leadership of the settlement. This settlement covers 800 hectares, although is only able to utilise 240 hectares of the land. There is rainforest within this area. There are […]



Brazil blog: Araraquara – meeting FERAESP reps

Louise Giblin reports: “We arrived in Araraquara late Sunday evening. On Monday we had our first meeting with 10 representatives from FERAESP (Federation of rural employees of Sau Paulo State). “We discussed the progress of the ‘From the Land to the Plate’ project and ‘Generation of energy and food’ projects to be developed in two […]



Brazil blog: Tour of Sao Paulo

Saturday 17th from Kaila McCulloch We had a tour of São Paulo, visiting some fantastic sights, including the University of São Paulo, where Larissa works. Huge campus with some fantastic architecture. We also visited the park, where families spend the days having picnics, cycling, playing football & enjoying the outdoors. Even though the park was […]



We’ve arrived in Brazil

After three flights, 33 hours and 9,884 kilometres we arrived safely in Brazil, reports Louise Giblin. Louise Giblin (Member of UNISON’s Scottish International Committee) & Kaila McCulloch (Vice Chair of the committee) have arrived on their field trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil. They will visit occupied settlements and meeting with rural workers and the union […]



Brazil field trip to link with rural workers’ union

Louise Giblin (Member of UNISON’s Scottish International Committee) & Kaila McCulloch (Vice Chair of the committee) are gearing up to join a field trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil from 15-25 June 2017. See their blog updates here. They will spend 10 days visiting occupied settlements and meeting with rural workers and the union FERAESP, gaining […]



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 […]