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Dave Prentis launches Edinburgh mobile advice service

Dave Prentis launches Edinburgh mobile advice service

For immediate release UNISON launches new mobile face-to-face advice service for workers in Edinburgh and the Lothians UNISON is today (Friday) launching a new face-to-face advice service for employees working ... Read More
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“Significant risks” to delivering early learning and childcare plan, UNISON comment

UNISON comment on embargoed news release (Thursday) on a joint report by the Auditor General for Scotland and the Accounts Commission into the expansion of early learning and childcare provision ... Read More
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UNISON women to march on George Square for equal pay

Hundreds of women will march on George Square in Glasgow on Saturday 10 February, continuing their demand for equal pay. The march will be led by 30 women dressed as ... Read More
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Moray UNISON events against ‘Valentine’s Day massacre of services’

Moray UNISON Press release: The councillors of Moray Council will meet on 14th February 2018 to consider proposals to cuts services and jobs across the Authority with scant regard to ... Read More
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UNISON comment on the Scottish Rate of Income Tax & the Budget

On 31 January MSPs backed the general principles of the Budget Bill, with 69 backing it and 56 voting against. Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish Secretary said: "We acknowledge the more ... Read More
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Focus on children not structures, says UNISON in response to Headteachers’ Charter

UNISON Scotland, the union for school support staff, says the Scottish government’s plans to create a Headteachers’ Charter is flawed and will make it harder to deliver quality education. The ... Read More
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New UNISON research by Jimmy Reid Foundation

As agreeing the Scottish Government Budget for 2018/2019 reaches a critical stage, UNISON has commisioned a new report from the Jimmy Reid Foundation: The contribution local government makes to our communities ... Read More
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UNISON women welcome councillors decision to end pay discrimination

Glasgow City Council’s City Administration Committee voted today (Wednesday) not to appeal to the Supreme Court in the long running equal pay cases brought by thousands of council employees. The ... Read More
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Time’s up on pay discrimination says UNISON as it calls on Glasgow City Council to end equal pay dispute

UNISON Scotland is calling on Glasgow City Council to put an end to damaging and expensive legal appeals and finally pay women what they are owed. Glasgow’s City Administration Committee ... Read More
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Scottish government must stop the closure of 12 Bield care homes, says UNISON

UNISON is calling for the Scottish government to stop the closure of 12 care homes run by Bield Housing and Care. UNISON will make this call at a public meeting ... Read More
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Unions submit local government 2018 pay claim

Unions submit local government 2018 pay claim Trade unions representing local government workers across Scotland (UNISON, Unite and GMB) have submitted their pay claim to local government today. The pay ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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Ambulance services on life support for the festive period

The union representing Scottish ambulance workers warned today that lives are being put in danger due to poor planning and dangerously low staffing levels. UNISON, Scotland’s biggest health service trade ... Read More
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Festive cheer for Glasgow’s low paid women

Around ten thousand low paid women at Glasgow city council received a large helping of festive cheer from Scotland’s top judges today. The council was today refused permission by the Court ... Read More
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UNISON comment on Scottish Budget

UNISON comment on Scottish Budget Dave Watson, UNISON Scottish organiser said: “Any relief from Tory austerity is welcome, but the very modest use of tax powers, particularly for the highest ... Read More
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Investment in early years workers is vital in reducing the attainment gap of Scotland’s children

This is the message UNISON will take to the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday) as it presents its new research report into early learning and childcare. Key findings from the UNISON-commissioned ... Read More
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Unions suspend joint working because of Liberal Democrats

UNISON, GMB and Unite trade unions have today written to the leader and chief executive of East Dunbartonshire Council suspending partnership working following the council unilaterally cutting voluntary redundancy terms ... Read More
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Robust action promise by UNISON over some public bodies’ poor FOI practice

A new reminder from the Scottish Information Commissioner that public bodies must respond within legal time limits was welcomed today (Tuesday) by UNISON. The trade union pledged to robustly chase ... Read More
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‘Change your shoes, Schuh’ call by UNISON to improve shoe workers’ rights

UNISON and Neil Findlay MSP will present a petition on Monday (20 November) to global retailer Schuh calling for leather and shoe supply chain transparency and action to improve shoe ... Read More
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Asylum seekers in Scotland are denied social work services, say UNISON and Scottish Association of Social Work

Asylum seekers in Scotland do not get the support services they are entitle to because of inadequate support for social workers who care for them. And, when social workers request ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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Residential care homes are failing the elderly, says UNISON Scotland

That’s the message UNISON Scotland is taking to the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday) to call on politicians to support its new residential care charter. UNISON’s residential care charter seeks to ... Read More
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UNISON – rise in attacks on public service staff is ‘tip of iceberg’

Public services union UNISON Scotland has called on the Scottish Government and all public service employers to take action immediately in order to tackle the "massive scale of the problem ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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UNISON comment on proposed 400 job losses at Midlothian Council

Grace Chalmers, UNISON Midlothian branch secretary said: "We have been informed that over 400 jobs are to go at Midlothian Council, that is approximatley 10% of the workforce. If the proposed ... Read More
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Public service workers march on Holyrood for fair pay

Public sector workers along with their families and friends will march and rally later today (Saturday) in Edinburgh in support of fair pay for everyone working in Scotland's schools, local ... Read More
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UNISON comment on UK government’s decision to extend the suspension of social care minimum wage:

UNISON is working hard, with employers across Scotland, to ensure that social care staff’s pay is compliant with the National Minimum Wage regulations. Penalties are needed to make sure unscrupulous ... Read More
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UNISON Labour Link nominate Richard Leonard for Scottish Labour Leader

UNISON Labour Link Scotland today decided to nominate Richard Leonard MSP in the election for a new Leader of the Scottish Labour Party. This followed a consultation with branch Labour ... Read More
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Scotland’s employers are failing workers who face violence at work, says UNISON

Violence at work is not ‘part of the job’ says UNISON as it launches a new health and safety guide today (Thursday). UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, says employers ... Read More
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Violence at work is not ‘part of the job’, says UNISON

UNISON Media Release Violence at work is not ‘part of the job’ says UNISON as it launches a new health and safety guide today (Thursday). UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service ... Read More
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All NHS staff need a pay rise that’s above inflation, say Scottish health unions

Following the statement, that NHS unions are today (Friday) breaking with tradition and submitting a pay claim directly to the UK government on behalf of more than one million health ... Read More
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Equality audit is a wakeup call to councils and government

UNISON response to the Account Commission’s report: Equal Pay in Scottish Councils, published by Audit Scotland: The Account Commission's analysis of equal pay in Scottish local government is an urgent wakeup ... Read More
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UNISON wins fair pay for ambulance staff in Scotland

UNISON has welcomed the salary re-banding for ambulance paramedics and technicians in Scotland as a positive move for the future of the ambulance service in Scotland. Almost 2,600 clinicians will ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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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, ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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Scottish Government report on NHS staffing – UNISON response

Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) Scottish Government report on NHS staffing, Matt McLaughlin, head of health for UNISON Scotland, said: “UNISON welcomes the publication of the latest NHS Workforce statistics and ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
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UNISON urge council staff to vote in landmark industrial ballot

UNISON Scotland is balloting all local government staff in what is seen as the first big test of the new Trade Union Act 2016. This tory government legislation means that ... Read More
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Scottish Labour’s parliamentary motion to end pay cap on NHS staff, UNISON comments 

Scotland’s biggest NHS union, UNISON welcomes today’s debate in the Scottish Parliament on NHS pay, and is calling on all parties to back calls for the Westminster government to drop ... Read More
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UNISON comment on Fatal Accident Inquiry – Doris Margaret Gilchrist

A spokesperson for UNISON said: “This has been an incredibly distressing case and our thoughts remain with Margaret’s family. “While Sheriff Wood is clear this was a tragic accident, the ... Read More
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UNISON to ballot local government members in fight for fair pay

UNISON members have instructed their trade union to ballot 70,000 local government members across every local authority in Scotland on industrial action. The decision was announced at UNISON’s local government ... Read More
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Public services are top priority for vast majority of Scottish voters, says polling

UNISON launches its manifesto for the local government elections in Scotland today, ‘For fairness and democracy: keep it local’ (1 April 2017). Its is launched with polling from Survation showing ... Read More
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There is little direct monitoring of home care services by councils, says UNISON

Direct contract monitoring of service users is very limited and very few visits are made to check service users are receiving contracted levels of care, according to a report published ... Read More
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UNISON slams plans for huge rises in fees for social care staff as a ‘tax on compassion’

UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, has hit out after an announcement by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to hike registration fees.  These will see annual fees rise by ... Read More
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UNISON comment on Scottish Health Minister’s Parliament statement on trauma centres

Commenting on today’s statement to Parliament by Shona Robison Cab Sec for Health, Wellbeing and Sport concerning the delay until 2020 of a network of major trauma centres across Scotland ... Read More
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North Ayrshire Council sign up to Ethical Care Pledge is great news, say UNISON

North Ayrshire Council has adopted UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, to ensure the delivery of high standards in homecare and better conditions for homecare workers. This is great news for vulnerable ... Read More
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Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts, says UNISON report

Lack of time, resources and heavy workloads mean support staff are struggling to maintain standards for pupils in Scotland. That is the finding of a wide ranging UNISON report released ... Read More
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UNISON to meet with Justice Secretary to try and avert strike ballot.

Scottish Police Authority (SPA) and Police Scotland intransigence over police staff pay negotiations has caused a major industrial relations breakdown with UNISON. UNISON is meeting the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, ... Read More
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UNISON Glasgow IT Workers use strike day to give blood

Selected UNISON members employed by Access began industrial action on Thursday the 5th of January following the festive period, in a dispute over the privatisation of their jobs and services ... Read More
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No happy new year for Local Government Workers.

Council staff who work tirelessly to provide services across the festive period are being treated in a disgraceful fashion by their employers, say UNISON. UNISON, and other local authority trade ... Read More
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UNISON lobby Scottish Parliament to call for fair funding for Scotland’s councils

Scotland’s largest trade union will join with other public service unions tomorrow (Thursday) to call for an end to public service cuts. The lobby takes place on the day the ... Read More
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UNISON strongly recommend police staff reject latest pay offer

UNISON Police Staff Scotland, the branch of UNISON representing Police Support Staff, informed the Scottish Police Authority today (8 December) that they are recommending its members reject the employers pay offer for ... Read More
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Strike action set to resume in Scotland’s colleges

More disruption looms for Scotland’s colleges if employers fail to give support staff a fair deal. UNISON, the trade union for college support staff, has today (Tuesday) written to Colleges ... Read More
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UNISON consults West Dunbartonshire Council admin staff on industrial action

UNISON West Dunbartonshire Branch has launched a consultative ballot of administrative workers seeking their views on taking industrial action including strike action. The move comes in response to the council ... Read More
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Public service employers are leaving Scotland’s apprentices facing an uncertain future, says UNISON.

That is the conclusion of UNISON’s survey – A Fairer Start: a survey of apprentices in Scotland’s public services – released today (Tuesday). The report is the latest in UNISON ... Read More
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UNISON suspend college strike planned for Wednesday 9 November

UNISON has suspended planned strikes in colleges across Scotland in an attempt to offer Colleges Scotland (Employers Association) another opportunity to return to the negotiating table. UNISON held talks with Colleges Scotland at ACAS ... Read More
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Two finalists from Scotland chosen for the inaugural Our Health Heroes Awards

A healthcare support worker at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital and a porter supervisor at Glasgow Dental Hospital have been recognised with Our Health Heroes awards. The honours were created by ... Read More
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UNISON Scotland launches mobile phone app to improve patient care

UNISON Scotland has today (Tuesday) launched an app for nurses so they can use their phone or tablet to register concerns about patient care in Scotland’s hospitals. The app – ... Read More
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Inverclyde Signs Up to Ethical Care Pledge

Inverclyde Council and Health & Social Care Partnership has become one of the first in Scotland to achieve trade union recognition from UNISON because it is working towards high standards ... Read More
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UNISON response to Audit Scotland report ‘NHS struggling to keep up with rising demand and cost pressures’

UNISON Scotland welcomes Audit Scotland report: 'NHS struggling to keep up with rising demand and cost pressures' released on 17 October 2016, calling on all sides of the debate to ... Read More
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Violence against public service workers doubled in a decade, says UNISON

UNISON’s annual Violence at Work Survey 2016 is launched today (Friday 21 October)  at UNISON health and safety conference at the University of Stirling. It shows a rise of 20,000 to 40,000 ... Read More
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UNISON welcomes introduction of Scottish Living Wage for social care

UNISON welcomes the Scottish Government commitment to introduce the Scottish Living Wage across the social care sector in Scotland, from 1st October 2016. This is the result of a long ... Read More
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More strikes announced as college support staff continue campaign for fair pay, says UNISON

College support staff across Scotland will walk out for a second time this month in an increasingly bitter pay row in the troubled further education (FE) sector. UNISON Scotland and ... Read More
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More strikes could follow says UNISON as college support staff continue their campaign for fair pay

More strikes could follow says UNISON as college support staff continue their campaign for fair pay. College support staff across Scotland went on strike yesterday (Tuesday) in what was a ... Read More
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UNISON launches first ever national strike across Scotland’s further education colleges

UNISON members across Scotland’s 20 further education (FE) colleges will go on strike on Tuesday, September 6, as an autumn of discontent kicks off in the troubled sector. The dispute ... Read More
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Further education members to launch autumn strike campaign

UNISON members across 20 Scottish further education colleges voted overwhelmingly to strike in support of fair pay. The result of the ballot was announced today (Wednesday) and will cause disruption ... Read More
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Scotland’s home care service is at breaking point, says report from UNISON Scotland

The report – We care, do you? – is the latest in UNISON Scotland’s damage series which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and ... Read More
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Stress levels of Scotland’s college staff reaching breaking point, says UNISON

A UNISON Scotland survey has revealed more than four out of five college support workers have experienced stress at work, with one in five becoming so sick they were unable ... Read More
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UNISON to ballot further education members for strike action in dispute over pay

Scotland’s college support staff are planning an ‘autumn of discontent’ after college bosses failed to deliver a fair deal for support staff. Support staff have been offered £230 in comparison ... Read More
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UNISON comment on First Minister’s legal pledge for minimum staffing levels in Scotland’s NHS

Matt McLaughlin, UNISON Scotland’s head of health, said: “UNISON is Scotland’s largest health union and, while a commitment to safe staffing levels should be commended, there is much to do ... Read More
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We must value and invest in youth work, says UNISON

UNISON is calling for more investment in youth work and to place more value the role of youth workers. That is the conclusion of a report Growing Pains published by the trade union ... Read More
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New wave of industrial action threatens Scotland’s troubled FE sector

Scotland’s college support staff could be forced to take strike action if college bosses fail to deliver on promises. The staff – represented by UNISON Scotland, UNITE and GMB – ... Read More
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Pay all care workers living wage, says UNISON

UNISON is calling on all employers to pay the living wage to care workers and all councils to adopt UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter in its Social care manifesto for Scotland ... Read More
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New economic report concludes Scotland needs ‘urgent exit from austerity’, says UNISON

Scotland needs ‘urgent exit from austerity’ is the conclusion of a new report commissioned by UNISON, Scotland’s largest trade union. The new report, The Impact of Austerity on Scotland, was ... Read More
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Trade unions call for a low carbon Scotland

NOTE TO PICTURE DESKS: Photocall 12.30pm Monday. Details below. Trade unions are today (Monday 18 April) calling for strong action on climate change, with policies to support workers affected in ... Read More
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Tackle fuel poverty scandal and help fight climate change, says UNISON

Tackling Scotland’s “disgraceful” fuel poverty scandal must be a top priority and will help fight climate change, UNISON said today. New figures from the Existing Homes Alliance show that 62% ... Read More
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Public services are a high priority for voters, says opinion poll

UNISON has launched its Manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections calling on people to vote for who they think will invest in public services. The manifesto was launched with ... Read More
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Time for childcare promises to be backed by resources

UNISON is calling for fine words and promises to increase childcare to be backed by extra resources for children, parents and the workforce, in its Early Learning and Childcare Manifesto ... Read More
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UNISON welcomes IPPR Scotland report ‘Scotland pay packets down 12% in real-terms since 2009’

IPPR report confirms UNISON's view that falling real terms pay has had a considerable negative effect on the economy. The IPPR report which is published today (23 March 2016) confirms ... Read More
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Treasury raid on National Insurance will cost Scottish public services hundreds of millions

New rules regarding National Insurance Contributions will see a quarter of a billion pounds cut from Scottish public sector budgets in the coming year.  These rules were proposed by George ... Read More
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Scotland must recognise the poor state of social work, says UNISON

UNISON is calling for political parties to agree to allocate more resources for social work and social care workers. This call is being made on International Federation of Social Workers World Social ... Read More
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UNISON Scotland backs higher education reform bill

UNISON welcomes Scottish Government proposals to give unions a seat on university courts because it will improve participation in decision making and ultimately improve the lives of students in Scotland ... Read More
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Registrars struggling to meet new demands, says UNISON Scotland

Scottish Registrars are struggling to meet the new demands on the service. That’s the finding of an UNISON report Registering our Concern, which is launched today (Tuesday, 8 March 2016) UNISON ... Read More
UNISON response to Scottish Government council tax announcement today (2 March)

UNISON response to Scottish Government council tax announcement today (2 March)

Dave Watson, UNISON head of policy and public affairs said, 'UNISON welcomes any progress on the council tax freeze. However after 8 years we had expected more than tinkering with ... Read More
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UNISON lobbying Scottish Parliament for fair funding for local services

Scotland’s largest trade union will lobby the Scottish Parliament on budget day (1pm, Wednesday 24 February 2016) to call for a fair funding settlement for local services. Local government has ... Read More
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UNISON calls day of action to defend local government services

UNISON Scotland’s largest trade union has called a day of action (Thursday 11 February) to campaign against cuts in local services and jobs UNISON members are holding demonstrations, campaigns and lobbying to ... Read More
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Trade unions and Falkirk Council fail to agree on new terms and conditions package

Talks between Falkirk Council and Joint Trade Unions broke down today (9 February) after trade unions could not accept the new package of terms and conditions being proposed by Falkirk ... Read More
Cutting libraries will increase poverty and inequality, says UNISON Scotland

Cutting libraries will increase poverty and inequality, says UNISON Scotland

Date: Saturday 6 February 2016 On National Libraries Day (6 February 2016), UNISON is warning that more local government cuts will have a drastic impact on libraries across Scotland, decreasing opportunities for all, and ... Read More
Further cuts to local services not sustainable, says UNISON Scotland

Further cuts to local services not sustainable, says UNISON Scotland

Date: Tuesday 2 February 2016 UNISON Scotland is calling for the Scottish Parliament to use its powers to put more money into local services. By 2020 expenditure on public services will ... Read More
Argyll and Bute UNISON achieve end to 'zero hours' contracts

Argyll and Bute UNISON achieve end to ‘zero hours’ contracts

Date: Friday 29 January 2016 Against a background of budget cuts and job losses UNISON, the union for council workers in Argyll and Bute has negotiated an end to the ... Read More
New financial powers could save Scottish councils £50m, says UNISON

New financial powers could save Scottish councils £50m, says UNISON

Date: Wednesday 27 January 2016 Public services union UNISON has today (Wed 27 January 2016) urged the Scottish Government to push ahead with proposed new financial powers for Scottish councils ... Read More
UNISON hails historic pay deal for further education support staff in Scotland

UNISON hails historic pay deal for further education support staff in Scotland

Date: Friday 22 January 2016 UNISON has led negotiations to achieve the first ever national pay rise for over four thousand support staff in Scotland‘s Further Education Colleges. Support staff ... Read More
Sturgeon must act to protect local government services, says UNISON

Sturgeon must act to protect local government services, says UNISON

Date: Tuesday 12 January 2016 UNISON local branches across Scotland are calling on Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, to meet UNISON members to hear about the damage Government policies ... Read More
Stand up for school librarians, says UNISON Scotland

Stand up for school librarians, says UNISON Scotland

Date: Monday 21 December 2015 UNISON Scotland has called on councils and Scottish Government to do more to protect school librarians. UNISON says the evidence is that local councils are ... Read More
Simple Minds called to campaign for world cup workers in Qatar

Simple Minds called to campaign for world cup workers in Qatar

Date: Friday 18 December 2015 UNISON, Scotland’s biggest trade union, has written to the Scottish band Simple Minds asking they speak out for migrant workers rights in Qatar. UNISON supports ... Read More
UNISON Scotland reaction to ministerial statement on draft 2016/17 budget

UNISON Scotland reaction to ministerial statement on draft 2016/17 budget

Date: Wednesday 16 December 2015 Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish Regional Secretary said, ‘UNISON Scotland recognises that Tory austerity limits the options available in the Spending Review. However, it is unacceptable ... Read More
UNISON calls for Robert Gordon University to remove Donald Trump's honorary degree

UNISON calls for Robert Gordon University to remove Donald Trump’s honorary degree

Date: Wednesday 9 December 2015 UNISON members working at Robert Gordon University have written to the Principal, Professor Prondzynski, calling on him to remove Donald Trump's honorary degree because he is reported to have ... Read More
UNISON reaction to DCC Neil Richardson’s statement to Scottish Parliament

UNISON reaction to DCC Neil Richardson’s statement to Scottish Parliament

Date: Tuesday 1 December 2015 UNISON is calling on DCC Neil Richardson to meet with them to discuss his plans for further job cuts after his words at the Justice Committee ... Read More
‘ICT should focus on providing better services not cuts’ says UNISON report

‘ICT should focus on providing better services not cuts’ says UNISON report

Date: Monday 30 November 2015 A UNISON Scotland report Disconnected, published today, 30 November 2015, claims that ICT services should focus on better services. The report highlights that ICT systems are all ... Read More
Scottish economy could lose £257m a year under Chancellor’s planned tax credit cuts, says UNISON

Scottish economy could lose £257m a year under Chancellor’s planned tax credit cuts, says UNISON

Date: Tue 24 November 2015 Local economies across Scotland could be hit to the tune of around £257m a year if the Chancellor confirms tomorrow (Wednesday), in the spending review, that ... Read More
UNISON response to the HMICS Independent Assurance Review: Police Scotland – Call Handling Final Report

UNISON response to the HMICS Independent Assurance Review: Police Scotland – Call Handling Final Report

Date: Tue 10 November 2015 UNISON Scotland welcomes this report. We call on Police Scotland to implement all its recommendations. HMICS has taken into account the high level of pressure ... Read More
Further education support staff set to reject pay offer – and join lecturing staff across scotland in possible industrial action

Further education support staff set to reject pay offer – and join lecturing staff across scotland in possible industrial action

Date: Wed 4 November 2015 Further Education support staff took a step closer today (4 November 2015) to industrial action across all Scottish Colleges (except Orkney and Shetland). UNISON Further Education ... Read More
UNISON wins £ multi-million compensation for 1400 women in Fife Council

UNISON wins £ multi-million compensation for 1400 women in Fife Council

Date: Wednesday 28 October 2015 UNISON has reached a multi million pound settlement with Fife Council for over 1400, mainly low paid women UNISON members, for their equal pay claims ... Read More
UNISON North Lanarkshire demo as council moves to cut one thousand jobs

UNISON North Lanarkshire demo as council moves to cut one thousand jobs

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2015 UNISON Scotland MEDIA CALLING NOTICE UNISON, North Lanarkshire branch is holding a demonstration to protest against the latest 1094 job losses announced by North Lanarkshire Council The demonstration is ... Read More
United Nations takes issue with UK government on human rights, says UNISON

United Nations takes issue with UK government on human rights, says UNISON

Date: Friday 23 October 2015 UNISON media release, with Human Rights Consortium Scotland (HRCS) The Westminster Government faces a series of awkward human rights questions following action by the United ... Read More
Big increase in assaults on public service workers, says UNISON

Big increase in assaults on public service workers, says UNISON

Date: Friday 23 October 2015 UNISON Scotland is publishing today (23 October 2015) Violence at Work: A Survey of UNISON employers and Staff in Scotland 2015. It shows an increase ... Read More
Community led public services can transform inequalities, says report

Community led public services can transform inequalities, says report

Date: Thursday 22 October 2015 UNISON Labour Link Media Release - Launch of Commission on Health Inequalities report will take place at 22 October, 9.00am UNISON Scotland, 14 West Campbell St., Glasgow  The report ... Read More
'Ultimate market madness', UNISON's statement on privatisation Scottish Water services

‘Ultimate market madness’, UNISON’s statement on privatisation Scottish Water services

Date: Tuesday 6 October 2015 Dave Watson, head of UNISON Scotland bargaining and campaigns, said: “UNISON is deeply disappointed that the contract for Scotland’s public sector water and wastewater services ... Read More
Scottish Police Authority / Police Scotland Opinion Survey - UNISON Statement

Scottish Police Authority / Police Scotland Opinion Survey – UNISON Statement

Date: Friday 2 October 2015 The release today (2 October) of the long awaited Staff Survey is a golden opportunity for the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland to genuinely ... Read More
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Staff morale at rock bottom in Scotland’s colleges, says UNISON

Date: Friday 25 September 2015 A UNISON report from a survey of staff in Scottish colleges, shows real problems caused by funding cuts, the college mergers programme and unaccountable college senior managers ... Read More
Scottish public bodies must mitigate austerity, says UNISON

Scottish public bodies must mitigate austerity, says UNISON

Date: Wednesday 23 September 2015 UNISON Scotland is launching a campaign today (23 September 2015) calling on the Scottish Government, local authorities and public bodies to do all they can ... Read More
Corbyn has strong mandate to opppose cuts says UNISON Scotland convener

Corbyn has strong mandate to opppose cuts says UNISON Scotland convener

Date: Tuesday 15 September 2015 Speaking at the TUC congress in Brighton, Lilian Macer, Convener of UNISON Scotland, said: "We are delighted that Labour Party has elected a leader who ... Read More
End the cuts and rethink Scottish policing, says UNISON

End the cuts and rethink Scottish policing, says UNISON

Date: Thursday 10 September 2015 UNISON Scotland police staff will call for the suspension 'all cuts and reforms while we re-think Scottish policing' at a public meeting in Dundee tonight ... Read More
Fine words and ideals no substitute for investment: UNISON inquiry into Scotland’s libraries

Fine words and ideals no substitute for investment: UNISON inquiry into Scotland’s libraries

Date: Tuesday 8 September 2015 UNISON, the trade union for Scotland’s library staff, has published a report 'Read It and Weep', which outlines the experience of those working in Scotland’s ... Read More
UNISON Statement on HMICS Independent Assurance Review Police Scotland - Call Handling Interim Report

UNISON Statement on HMICS Independent Assurance Review Police Scotland – Call Handling Interim Report

Date: Thursday 3 September 2015 UNISON welcomes the findings of the HMICS Independent Assurance Review Police Scotland - Call Handling Interim Report. UNISON has fully engaged in this review and ... Read More
UNISON welcomes end of employment tribunal fees in Scotland

UNISON welcomes end of employment tribunal fees in Scotland

Date: Wednesday 2 September 2015 UNISON has welcomed the Scottish Government announcement that it intends to abolish fees for employment tribunals in Scotland. This announcement comes the week after UNISON vowed to go ... Read More
UNISON statement on announcement that Chief Constable Sir Stephen House is to stand down from his post in 3 months time

UNISON statement on announcement that Chief Constable Sir Stephen House is to stand down from his post in 3 months time

Date: Thursday 27 August 2015 This announcement is unsurprising. Chief Constable Sir Stephen House was put in an impossible position. The problems which beset Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Board are ... Read More
'Where is 'Your Survey'?' asks UNISON Police Staff Scotland

‘Where is ‘Your Survey’?’ asks UNISON Police Staff Scotland

Date: Wednesday 26 August 2015 UNISON has demanded that Police Scotland publish the results of the Police Staff Survey immediately. This survey is expected to give a true reflection of ... Read More
Let's work together to make new QEU hospital a success, says UNISON general secretary

Let’s work together to make new QEU hospital a success, says UNISON general secretary

Date: Thursday 13 August 2015 Photo opportunity: Time: 12 noon Date: Thursday 13 August  Place: UNISON shop, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, 1345 Govan Road G51 4TF UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis is to ... Read More
British Gas jobs announcement ‘Harsh blow to loyal workforce’ says UNISON

British Gas jobs announcement ‘Harsh blow to loyal workforce’ says UNISON

Date: Thursday 30 July 2015 Energy union UNISON has described British Gas plans to shed thousands of jobs as a ‘harsh blow to a loyal workforce’. The union are responding  ... Read More
UNISON Scotland welcomes breakthrough in tackling low pay in the NHS

UNISON Scotland welcomes breakthrough in tackling low pay in the NHS

Date: Friday 3 July 2015 UNISON Scotland’s Health Committee today welcomed a breakthrough in the fight against poverty pay with the Scottish Government agreeing to a review of the lowest ... Read More
UNISON Labour Link backs Dugdale and Rowley for Scottish Labour leadership

UNISON Labour Link backs Dugdale and Rowley for Scottish Labour leadership

Date: Wednesday 24 June 2015 UNISON Labour Link, the affiliated section of Scotland’s largest trade union, has given its backing to Kezia Dugdale MSP in the contest for the next ... Read More
UNISON launches childcare charter for West Dunbartonshire

UNISON launches childcare charter for West Dunbartonshire

Date: Monday 15 June 2015 UNISON has launched a positive 10 point Charter for Early Years services run by West Dunbartonshire Council. Staff feel the quality and value of their ... Read More
UNISON calls on MSPs to oppose fees increase for health and care professionals

UNISON calls on MSPs to oppose fees increase for health and care professionals

Date: Monday 15 June 2015 UNISON is calling on MSPs to oppose new legislation which aims to substantially increase registration fees for professions registered with the Health and Care Professions ... Read More
UNISON sorely disappointed that SECC refuse to reinstate Robert O’Donnell

UNISON sorely disappointed that SECC refuse to reinstate Robert O’Donnell

Date: Friday 12 June 2015 UNISON are sorely disappointed that the SECC have up held their decision to dismiss Robert O’Donnell Robert is a gardener for the SECC. He was ... Read More
NHS union to discuss pay bargaining

NHS union to discuss pay bargaining

Date: Thursday 11 June 2015 Over 60 stewards and union staff from NHS union UNISON meet in Ayr today (Thurs) to plan the union's future strategy on pay in NHS ... Read More
UNISON welcomes call from Reform Scotland to review 1000 extra police officers policy

UNISON welcomes call from Reform Scotland to review 1000 extra police officers policy

Date: Thursday 11 June 2015 UNISON Scotland welcomes the report from Reform Scotland The Thinning Blue Line released today (Thursday 11 June 2015). This report mirrors much of what UNISON ... Read More
UNISON demands Stirling and Clacks councils release elusive report

UNISON demands Stirling and Clacks councils release elusive report

Date: Wednesday 10 June 2015 UNISON has called for the immediate release of all Ernst & Young documentation relating to the future of social care and education in Clackmannanshire and ... Read More
Delivering leisure is no fun, says UNISON Scotland

Delivering leisure is no fun, says UNISON Scotland

Date: Tuesday 09 June 2015 Staff delivering culture and leisure services across Scotland are coming under increasing pressure as job losses and lack of investment make their work increasingly difficult ... Read More
UNISON demands Nicola Sturgeon uphold promise of no compulsory redundancies at Glasgow Kelvin College

UNISON demands Nicola Sturgeon uphold promise of no compulsory redundancies at Glasgow Kelvin College

Date: Wednesday 03 June 2015 UNISON is calling on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, to uphold the Scottish Government promise that there would be no compulsory redundancies in Further Education sector ... Read More
Student nurses bursaries not fit for purpose, says UNISON report 

Student nurses bursaries not fit for purpose, says UNISON report 

Date: Tuesday 02 June 2015 UNISON  is calling on the Scottish Government to urgently increase bursary rates for Student Nurses and Midwives in the next academic year. This recommendation is part of the UNISON’s ... Read More
Scottish children cannot wait another 15 years for high quality childcare, says UNISON 

Scottish children cannot wait another 15 years for high quality childcare, says UNISON 

Date: Monday 01 June 2015 Responding to another Independent Review of the Scottish Early Learning and Childcare Workforce, UNISON has called time on the Scottish Government, demanding they now act ... Read More
UNISON demands pay uplift for further education staff

UNISON demands pay uplift for further education staff

Date: Sunday 24 May 2015 UNISON today calls for Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education, to intervene in national pay negotiations for further education staff, which have all but broken ... Read More
UNISON warning over public services in Stirling and Clacks

UNISON warning over public services in Stirling and Clacks

Date: Friday 22 May 2015  Council staff have grave concerns about the future of public services in Stirling and Clackmannanshire, says UNISON. UNISON will present a report to senior managers ... Read More
Statement by UNISON Scotland Labour Link on Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy 

Statement by UNISON Scotland Labour Link on Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy 

Tuesday 12 May 2015 "The scale of Scottish Labour’s defeat in the General Election result last Thursday indicates the need for a radical change in approach. The problems of Scottish ... Read More
Poorer workers, poorer services: life in ConDem Inverness - UNISON report 

Poorer workers, poorer services: life in ConDem Inverness – UNISON report 

Wednesday 6 May 2015 Poorer workers and poorer public services is the reality of life in ConDem Inverness - that is the damning conclusion of a survey by UNISON Scotland ... Read More
UNISON react angrily to Scottish Government claims that they have maintained 1000 extra police officers

UNISON react angrily to Scottish Government claims that they have maintained 1000 extra police officers

Tuesday 5 May 2015 UNISON Scotland condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the Scottish Government putting out a press release celebrating that they have maintained 17,234 police officers, just hours ... Read More
Make work fair for parents and give children decent childhoods, say UNISON and Child Poverty Action Group

Make work fair for parents and give children decent childhoods, say UNISON and Child Poverty Action Group

Friday 1 May 2015 CPAG, Scotland’s most high profile child poverty charity, and UNISON, Scotland’s biggest trade union have joined together to call on political parties to lay out policies ... Read More
UNISON slams charity for not paying minimum wage back pay

UNISON slams charity for not paying minimum wage back pay

Friday 1 May 2015 UNISON is furious that The Richmond Fellowship Scotland is refusing to pay hundreds of pounds in back pay to staff who have not been paid the national ... Read More
Civil society groups demand ethical public procurement

Civil society groups demand ethical public procurement

Thursday 30 April 2015 Press Release on updated 10 Asks for public procurement on behalf of: NIDOS, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, the STUC, ... Read More
Press Release

UNISON Scotland launches public services manifesto

UNISON, Scotland’s largest trade union, today launched its manifesto promoting public services for the General Election 2016. The UNISON Public Services Manifesto was launched at UNISON’s General Council at Glasgow ... Read More
Scots overwhelmingly support meat inspectors staying independent, says UNISON

Scots overwhelmingly support meat inspectors staying independent, says UNISON

Wednesday 15 April 2015 UNISON Scotland are highlighting an independent survey showing that Scots want slaughterhouses to be independently inspected by government meat safety inspectors. This polling is released when ... Read More
Press Release

UNISON Glasgow homeless service workers to take all out strike action

Monday 30 March 2015 Seventy workers in Glasgow Council’s Homeless Service will walk out on Tuesday 31 March in a dispute over their pay grade. The workers are all members ... Read More
UNISON welcomes decision in Edinburgh social work contempt of court case

UNISON welcomes decision in Edinburgh social work contempt of court case

Friday 27 March 2015 UNISON Scotland today welcomed  the decision by the Court of Session that the conduct of social workers in Edinburgh City Council did not amount to contempt ... Read More
West Dunbartonshire Council accused of 'hypocrisy' over staff nursery closure plan

West Dunbartonshire Council accused of ‘hypocrisy’ over staff nursery closure plan

Thursday 26 March 2015 West Dunbartonshire Council have proposed the closure of their staff nursery at the same time as entering themselves for a ‘top employers for working families award’ ... Read More
Borders Council reverses decision to cut 100 local jobs after UNISON campaign

Borders Council reverses decision to cut 100 local jobs after UNISON campaign

Thursday 26 March 2015 UNISON, Scotland’s biggest public services union, has welcomed the decision by Scottish Borders Council to rethink their proposal to outsource the Scottish Borders ICT department, saving ... Read More
Opinion Poll: Scottish voters election priorities are public services

Opinion Poll: Scottish voters election priorities are public services

Thursday 19 March 2015 UNISON Scotland today commented on a new opinion poll which shows that public services are the number one issue for the majority of Scottish voters. The ... Read More
UNISON Scotland launches Childcare Charter

UNISON Scotland launches Childcare Charter

Monday 16 March 2015 UNISON Scotland today (16 March) launched a Childcare Charter. The charter calls for an expansion of paid parental leave and flexible working for parents; and fair ... Read More
UNISON’s response to the Scottish Government’s Sustainability and Seven Day Services Interim Taskforce Report

UNISON’s response to the Scottish Government’s Sustainability and Seven Day Services Interim Taskforce Report

Date: Friday 6 March 2015 UNISON welcomes the interim report from the Scottish Government’s Taskforce for Sustainability and Seven Day Services. This taskforce is considering how we provide round the ... Read More
UNISON report says that ‘mental health staff are working under increasing stress’

UNISON report says that ‘mental health staff are working under increasing stress’

Date: Wednesday 04 March 2015 More than 8 in 10 (84%) of mental health staff say that their workload has increased, more than 7 in 10 (76%) say they have experienced cuts, ... Read More
UNISON intervention ensures 27 jobs retained at Stornoway call-handling centre

UNISON intervention ensures 27 jobs retained at Stornoway call-handling centre

Date: Friday 13 February 2015 UNISON, the public-sector trade union, has helped to ensure the retention of 27 jobs at the Consumer Advice Direct (CAD) call-handling centre in Stornoway after ... Read More
Stop dumping on waste management staff' says UNISON Scotland

Stop dumping on waste management staff’ says UNISON Scotland

Date: Friday 23 January 2015 UNISON Scotland conducted surveys amongst staff working in waste management across Scotland’s local authorities. The results revealed a workforce under pressure facing increasing targets and ... Read More
Union offers safety advice to staff following hospital sexual assaults

Union offers safety advice to staff following hospital sexual assaults

Date: Thursday 15 January 2015 NHS union UNISON Scotland is advising staff to be more vigilant than normal after two separate incidents of sexual assault at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary ... Read More
Scrap plans for new women’s prison, urges UNISON Scotland

Scrap plans for new women’s prison, urges UNISON Scotland

Date: Tuesday 13 January 2015 UNISON Scotland, the public services union with many members working in Criminal Justice services has urged the Scottish Government to scrap their plans to build ... Read More
UNISON Scotland urges MSPs to do more on Protecting Public Services

UNISON Scotland urges MSPs to do more on Protecting Public Services

Date: Monday 12 January 2015 UNISON, Scotland’s public service union tells MSPs that Scotland's public services are living through a lost decade as a consequence of austerity economics and we ... Read More
Christmas message from Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish secretary

Christmas message from Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish secretary

Date: 19 December 2014 2014 was a significant year and we should be rightly proud of the role UNISON played in the independence referendum. We led the debate for a ... Read More
NHS porters' workloads and stress go up as their wages go down - new UNISON Scotland report

NHS porters’ workloads and stress go up as their wages go down – new UNISON Scotland report

Date: Wed 17 December 2014 NHS Porters are under pressure and their workloads are going up while the value of their wages are going down. The report also concludes that ... Read More
Workers in Queensferry and East Kilbride face uncertain Christmas

Workers in Queensferry and East Kilbride face uncertain Christmas

Date: Fri 12 December 2014 IBM workers who deliver ScottishPower’s outsourced £20m IT services, face an uncertain Christmas after being told that they face further restructuring. Staff are worried that ... Read More
UNISON lambasts council ‘bully-boy’ tactics as councillors threaten closure of mental health charity

UNISON lambasts council ‘bully-boy’ tactics as councillors threaten closure of mental health charity

Date: Thurs 11 December 2014 UNISON has issued an urgent call to councillors to cease plans to cut a charity’s funding by 40 per cent without any prior consultation. Councillors ... Read More
UNISON statement on First Minister’s programme for Government

UNISON statement on First Minister’s programme for Government

Date: Wed 26 November 2014 Mike Kirby, Scottish secretary of UNISON, said "UNISON is Scotland’s largest trade union and we welcome the First Minister’s programme for government. There was much ... Read More
UNISON Scotland statement on First Minister's programme for Government

UNISON Scotland statement on First Minister’s programme for Government

Date: Wed 26 November 2014 Mike Kirby, Scottish secretary of UNISON, said "UNISON is Scotland’s largest trade union and we welcome the First Minister’s programme for government. There was much ... Read More
UNISON condemns chief constable statement that it is 'inevitable that more police staff face further jobs cuts next year'

UNISON condemns chief constable statement that it is ‘inevitable that more police staff face further jobs cuts next year’

Date: Wed 26 November 2014 UNISON, the trade union for police civilian staff, has condemned the statement by the Chief Constable of Police Scotland that more police staff will be ... Read More
UNISON on The Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry report

UNISON on The Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry report

Date: Mon 24 November 2014 Commenting on the long-awaited independent inquiry into patient deaths at the Vale of Leven Hospital which was published today (Monday) UNISON regional organiser, Matt McLaughlin, ... Read More
Under pressure - UNISON survey shows Scotland's occupational therapists struggling to maintain service

Under pressure – UNISON survey shows Scotland’s occupational therapists struggling to maintain service

Date: Tue 11 November 2014 A report out today (Tuesday 11 Nov 2014) by UNISON shows that Scotland’s occupational therapists are struggling to maintain the level of service their patients ... Read More
Cuts cost lives' says UNISON - campaigners lobby Glasgow City Council over savage cuts to mental health charity

Cuts cost lives’ says UNISON – campaigners lobby Glasgow City Council over savage cuts to mental health charity

Date: Tue 11 November 2014 PHOTO/MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: Wednesday, 12 November at 12.45pm, George Square Staff, service users, community groups and members of the public will gather in George Square tomorrow ... Read More
UNISON Labour Link Scotland backs Katy Clark MP for Scottish Labour Deputy Leader

UNISON Labour Link Scotland backs Katy Clark MP for Scottish Labour Deputy Leader

Date: Sun 2 November 2014 UNISON, Scotland’s largest trade union, has given its backing to Katy Clark MP in the contest for the next Scottish Labour Deputy leader. UNISON Scotland ... Read More
UNISON Scotland Labour Link backs Neil Findlay for Scottish Labour Leader

UNISON Scotland Labour Link backs Neil Findlay for Scottish Labour Leader

Date: Sat 1 November 2014 UNISON, Scotland’s largest trade union, has given its backing to Neil Findlay MSP in the contest for the next Scottish Labour leader. This followed a ... Read More
Violence against public service staff has nearly doubled - UNISON Scotland

Violence against public service staff has nearly doubled – UNISON Scotland

Date: Fri 24 October 2014 Violence against public service workers in Scotland has increased yet again last year and has nearly doubled over the past eight years. UNISON's Scottish Organiser, ... Read More
Public sector living through 'lost decade’ - UNISON Scotland

Public sector living through ‘lost decade’ – UNISON Scotland

Date: Thu 16 October 2014 In a damning report ‘Austerity economics don’t add up’, released today, UNISON say public sector pay, conditions and morale are at a record low, calling ... Read More
UNISON Scotland suspends strike planned for 21 October after improved offer from employers

UNISON Scotland suspends strike planned for 21 October after improved offer from employers

Date: Tue 14 October 2014 UNISON Scotland has suspended strike action planned for 21 October and will consult its members on an improved offer put forward by the Scottish employers ... Read More
Working harder but getting poorer is conclusion of new report comparing wages and prices

Working harder but getting poorer is conclusion of new report comparing wages and prices

Date: Mon 13 October 2014 A new report from public services union UNISON - 'The Price of Everything and the Value of Wages' - paints a stark picture of the ... Read More
Large scale investment is needed to reverse Scotland’s housing crisis, warns UNISON

Large scale investment is needed to reverse Scotland’s housing crisis, warns UNISON

8 October 2014 A survey of Scotland’s housing staff has exposed the reality of frontline staff trying to cope with the huge scale of Scotland’s housing crisis. Our report – ... Read More
UNISON announces a national programme of industrial action in local government

UNISON announces a national programme of industrial action in local government

Date: Mon 6 October 2014 UNISON Scotland local government members announced today (Monday 6 October) that they have voted to take industrial action in their recent local government ballot. Douglas ... Read More
Food Bill must prioritise food safety

Food Bill must prioritise food safety

Date: Wed 1 October 2014 UNISON, the union who represent meat hygiene inspectors and environmental health officers, is calling on MSPs debating the Food (Scotland) Bill tomorrow (Thursday 2 Oct) ... Read More
UNISON pays tribute to Chief Nursing Officer who leaves her post today

UNISON pays tribute to Chief Nursing Officer who leaves her post today

Date: Wed 24 September 2014 Commenting on the announcement by the Scottish Government Health Dept that Chief Nursing Officer, Ros Moore is to leave her post, Matt McLaughlin, Lead Organiser ... Read More
Listen to the people and keep public services in public hands, says UNISON

Listen to the people and keep public services in public hands, says UNISON

Date: Fri 19 September 2014 A key issue in this independence referendum has been the future of public services. People in Scotland have made it clear they want more not ... Read More
Glasgow City Council under fire over further cuts to care services

Glasgow City Council under fire over further cuts to care services

Date: Tue 9 September 2014 Trade unionists, community groups and members of the public will gather in George Square later this week to lobby Glasgow City Council over proposed changes ... Read More
Cleaners in public sector are struggling to maintain hygiene, says UNISON

Cleaners in public sector are struggling to maintain hygiene, says UNISON

Date: Tues 26 August 2014 A report out today (Tuesday) by UNISON Scotland, Dishing the Dirt, paints a bleak picture of cleaning staff – who are struggling to keep hospitals, ... Read More
Meat hygiene inspectors strike for fair pay

Meat hygiene inspectors strike for fair pay

Date: Mon 25 August 2014 Meat hygiene inspectors, vets and support staff are embarking on two days of strike action from tomorrow (Tuesday) in a long-running dispute over pay. Two ... Read More
All workers deserve a fair deal for Commonwealth Games, says UNISON

All workers deserve a fair deal for Commonwealth Games, says UNISON

Date: Fri 18 July 2014 Trade union members in Glasgow’s Sports Centres and Museums are in dispute with their employer Glasgow Life, a company run by Glasgow City Council. The ... Read More
Glasgow Life staff ballot on strike action after Commonwealth talks break down

Glasgow Life staff ballot on strike action after Commonwealth talks break down

Date: Monday 30 June 2014 Glasgow Life must stop treating staff as a second class workforce, says UNISON, as it calls for a fair deal for those working during the ... Read More
UNISON warns of a major assault on public services as 60 per cent of cuts are still to come

UNISON warns of a major assault on public services as 60 per cent of cuts are still to come

Date: Wednesday 25 June 2014 UNISON Scotland launched a report today (Wednesday) – The Cuts Don’t Work: The impact of ‘austerity’ cuts on Scotland’s public services – showing what’s really ... Read More
UNISON calls for immediate withdrawal of redundancy notices at Stirling University

UNISON calls for immediate withdrawal of redundancy notices at Stirling University

Date: Wednesday 18 June 2014 UNISON Scotland has called on Stirling University to remove redundancy notices from more than 50 of its staff. The move is the result of a ... Read More
UNISON celebrates big victory for low paid care workers

UNISON celebrates big victory for low paid care workers

Date: Friday 13 June 2014 UNISON welcomes Capability Scotland’s decision to introduce the Scottish Living Wage back dated to 1 April 2014. UNISON Scotland’s recent report Scotland: It’s Time to ... Read More
Deregulation of meat hygiene inspections will result in tragic consequences, warns UNISON

Deregulation of meat hygiene inspections will result in tragic consequences, warns UNISON

Date: Tuesday 10 June 2014 UNISON, the union which represents meat hygiene inspectors in abattoirs and meat plants, today (Tuesday, 10 June) warned MSPs that any deregulation of meat hygiene ... Read More
North Lanarkshire Council are treating low paid women workers with contempt, says UNISON

North Lanarkshire Council are treating low paid women workers with contempt, says UNISON

Date: Friday 6 June 2014 UNISON, the trade union representing the equal pay claims of low paid women workers in North Lanarkshire, have reacted with utter disbelief to today’s statement ... Read More
UNISON welcomes call for early careers advice for Scotland's young people

UNISON welcomes call for early careers advice for Scotland’s young people

Date: Tuesday 3 June 2014 UNISON response to Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce Final Report UNISON, the union representing careers advisers, has welcomed the Wood Commission’s call for earlier ... Read More
Gradual drip of privatisation has reached epic proportions in Scottish Water, says UNISON

Gradual drip of privatisation has reached epic proportions in Scottish Water, says UNISON

Date: Tuesday 3 June 2014 UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, says new figures showing the extent of privatisation in Scottish Water should be a major wake-up call to the ... Read More
Closure of Dumfries police control room is 'tip of the iceberg', says UNISON

Closure of Dumfries police control room is ‘tip of the iceberg’, says UNISON

Date: Tuesday 27 May 2014 UNISON, Scotland's largest union representing police staff, has condemned the closure of Dumfries Police Control Room later this week (Friday) and says communities will suffer ... Read More
'Pay up now' - UNISON demands North Lanarkshire council stops stalling on equal pay claims

‘Pay up now’ – UNISON demands North Lanarkshire council stops stalling on equal pay claims

Date: Friday 23 May 2014 UNISON Branch to take to streets to pressure council into fairness UNISON North Lanarkshire is stepping up the pressure on North Lanarkshire Council in the ... Read More
Proposals to introduce living wage through procurement shows light at the end of tunnel, says UNISON

Proposals to introduce living wage through procurement shows light at the end of tunnel, says UNISON

Date: Tuesday 13 May 2014 UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, today (Tuesday) welcomed proposed amendments to the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill that would see the living wage introduced for ... Read More
UNISON Scotland calls for Europe of full employment which cares for future generations

UNISON Scotland calls for Europe of full employment which cares for future generations

Date: Friday 9 May 2014 UNISON Scotland launched its manifesto for the European elections today (Friday 9 May 2014). The trade union in Scotland is calling for policies which end ... Read More
A change in culture to health and safety could save over 20 lives per year, says UNISON Scotland

A change in culture to health and safety could save over 20 lives per year, says UNISON Scotland

Date: Friday 25 April 2014 UNISON is marking Workers Memorial Day, which takes place all over the world on 28 April, by calling on UK and Scottish governments to do ... Read More
UNISON welcomes agreement with Police Scotland which addresses key concerns

UNISON welcomes agreement with Police Scotland which addresses key concerns

Date: Thursday 17 April 2014 UNISON Scotland has agreed to cancel the consultative ballot of police staff on whether to take further industrial action up to and including strike action ... Read More
UNISON Scotland supports walk from Glasgow to Liverpool to raise money for the Lola Commons Fund for SiMBA in memory of the 96 who died in Hillsborough

UNISON Scotland supports walk from Glasgow to Liverpool to raise money for the Lola Commons Fund for SiMBA in memory of the 96 who died in Hillsborough

Date: Tuesday 15 April 2014 UNISON Scotland is proud to be a supporter of the Lola Commons Fund and we are particularly pleased to be involved in this fundraising event ... Read More
UNISON members in South Lanarkshire Council continue their campaign for equal pay

UNISON members in South Lanarkshire Council continue their campaign for equal pay

Date: Friday 11 April 2014 UNISON Scotland is writing to 6000 UNISON members who work in South Lanarkshire Council to give them another opportunity to make a new claim for ... Read More
Lola Commons Fund at UNISON Scotland health conference

Lola Commons Fund at UNISON Scotland health conference

Date: Friday 4 April 2014 Lisa Hague, co-founder of the Lola Commons Fund, will announce a sponsored walk being undertaken by Ian McGovern at today’s UNISON Scotland Health Conference. The ... Read More
UNISON Scotland ballot for potential strike action as industrial relations break down with Police Scotland

UNISON Scotland ballot for potential strike action as industrial relations break down with Police Scotland

Date: Friday 21 March 2014 UNISON Scotland are writing to police staff today (21 March 2014) to tell them that trust between Police Scotland and the all staff trade unions ... Read More
UNISON calls on Scottish Government to invest extra £63 million from Osborne’s budget in home care services

UNISON calls on Scottish Government to invest extra £63 million from Osborne’s budget in home care services

Date: Friday 21 March 2014 UNISON calls on Scottish Government to invest extra £63 million from Osborne’s budget in home care services Scotland’s Finance Minister, John Swinney MSP, confirmed that ... Read More
Renfrewshire Council leader makes commitment to UNISON Ethical Care Charter

Renfrewshire Council leader makes commitment to UNISON Ethical Care Charter

Date: Monday 17 March 2014 Renfrewshire Council are leading the way in the commissioning of homecare services with the Leader of the Council committing to supporting the UNISON Ethical Care ... Read More
College workers vote overwhelmingly to return to national bargaining, says UNISON

College workers vote overwhelmingly to return to national bargaining, says UNISON

Date: Monday 17 March 2014 UNISON, the union representing further education workers in Scotland, said its members have voted in favour of a return to national bargaining. Union members were ... Read More
‘An inspiring figure and a true friend’ UNISON Scotland’s tribute to Tony Benn

‘An inspiring figure and a true friend’ UNISON Scotland’s tribute to Tony Benn

Date: Friday 14 March 2014 Commenting on the death of Tony Benn UNISON Scottish Secretary, Mike Kirby said: “We have lost a true friend. Tony  Benn was always a stalwart ... Read More
Procurement is key to making decent pay the norm, says UNISON

Procurement is key to making decent pay the norm, says UNISON

Date: Tuesday 11 March 2014 UNISON Scotland is calling on MSPs to support an amendment to the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill which would make paying a living wage an essential ... Read More
UNISON voices concern about closure of Seafield Services, Seafield School of Wellbeing, run by Quarriers

UNISON voices concern about closure of Seafield Services, Seafield School of Wellbeing, run by Quarriers

Date: Thursday 6 March 2014 Today (Thursday, 6 March 2014) UNISON commented on the decision by Quarriers Board of Trustees to close Seafield School of Wellbeing in Ardrossan  - and ... Read More
Public money does not belong in the hands of tax dodgers, says UNISON

Public money does not belong in the hands of tax dodgers, says UNISON

Date: Thursday 20 February 2014 UNISON is calling for an end to tax dodgers winning public contracts ahead of today’s (Thursday) parliamentary debate on the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill. In ... Read More
It’s time to care, says UNISON as survey reveals Scotland’s care crisis

It’s time to care, says UNISON as survey reveals Scotland’s care crisis

Date: Wednesday 19 February 2014 A survey of Scottish homecare workers has exposed the shocking reality of the country’s care services. The majority of workers polled in the UNISON survey ... Read More
‘Keep Glasgow's older residents safe’ say UNISON members as strike action goes ahead to defend standards and wages

‘Keep Glasgow’s older residents safe’ say UNISON members as strike action goes ahead to defend standards and wages

Date: Friday 14 February 2014 UNISON members across Glasgow are embarking on further strike action after discussions with the City Council this week failed to reach a settlement. Members are ... Read More
Local government in Scotland is bearing the brunt of cuts - UNISON

Local government in Scotland is bearing the brunt of cuts – UNISON

Date: Thursday 13 February 2014 The double whammy of austerity measures and the council tax freeze has left local government in Scotland bearing the brunt of cuts. Local councils across ... Read More
Our libraries have never been under more pressure - UNISON

Our libraries have never been under more pressure – UNISON

Date: Friday 7 February 2014 On National Libraries Day (Saturday 8 February) UNISON warns that our libraries have never been under more pressure because of spending cuts.  National Libraries Day ... Read More
Pay inequality in Scotland’s universities must end, says UNISON

Pay inequality in Scotland’s universities must end, says UNISON

Date: Monday 3 February 2014 UNISON Scotland is calling for urgent action to be taken to redress the pay balance in universities. The growing inequality in pay in higher education ... Read More
UNISON demonstrates against more police cuts

UNISON demonstrates against more police cuts

Date: Thursday 20 January 2014 The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) will officially confirm the closure of Police Force Control Centres in a ‘restructuring’ across Scotland today (Thursday 30 January 2014) ... Read More
Glasgow's residential care workers embark on further strike action

Glasgow’s residential care workers embark on further strike action

Date: Monday 27 January 2014 PHOTO / INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY: 1pm, Tuesday, 28 January, 40 John Street, Glasgow Care workers in Glasgow City Council’s residential homes are embarking on two further ... Read More
Young workers vanishing from the public sector, says UNISON

Young workers vanishing from the public sector, says UNISON

Date: Tuesday 14 January 2014 Young people are the biggest losers of public service job cuts as figures reveal the number of young workers has fallen by a quarter. Workforce ... Read More
Residential home care workers strike to protect services

Residential home care workers strike to protect services

Date: Monday 13 January 2014 PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: 12 noon, Tuesday, 14 January, 40 John Street, Glasgow Care workers in Glasgow City Council’s residential homes will go on strike for two ... Read More
Contempt of court ruling on Edinburgh social workers

Contempt of court ruling on Edinburgh social workers

Date: Monday 16 December 2013 UNISON is calling for an urgent legislative review following a contempt case verdict at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today (Monday) which could have wide-ranging implications for ... Read More
Celebrate classroom assistants day - UNISON

Celebrate classroom assistants day – UNISON

Date: Friday 29 November 2013 UNISON Scotland is calling on parents, students and teachers to support of the vital contribution made by hard-working classroom assistants, as part of a national celebration ... Read More
Audit Scotland report shows workforce takes brunt of spending cuts

Audit Scotland report shows workforce takes brunt of spending cuts

Date: Thursday 28 November 2013 Audit Scotland’s report (published today) on the public sector workforce shows that workers are taking the brunt of spending cuts through job losses and real ... Read More
Glasgow’s pupil support staff set for further strike action over imposed healthcare duties

Glasgow’s pupil support staff set for further strike action over imposed healthcare duties

Date: Monday 18 November 2013 NB Picture and interview opportunities available on morning of Tuesday 19 Nov 2013. School support staff will be lobbying Glasgow City Council tomorrow (Tuesday) in ... Read More
Savage and unnecessary cuts will damage East Ayrshire communities, warn unions

Savage and unnecessary cuts will damage East Ayrshire communities, warn unions

Date: Monday 18 November 2013 Trade unions have issued a stark warning to East Ayrshire Council that proposed budget cuts are unnecessary and bad news for communities. The joint trade ... Read More
'We educate, not medicate' - school support staff strike again over imposed healthcare tasks

‘We educate, not medicate’ – school support staff strike again over imposed healthcare tasks

Date: Wednesday 13 November 2013 NB Picture and interview opportunities available on morning of Thursday 14 Nov 2013. More than 400 striking school support staff in Glasgow will take to ... Read More
Police to be taken off beat to do admin tasks says police staffs union

Police to be taken off beat to do admin tasks says police staffs union

Date: Wednesday 6 November 2013 Police Scotland today announced plans to take police off the beat to do the work of 67 police staff jobs they intend to make redundant ... Read More
‘Speak-out’ survey reveals children and disabled services hanging by a thread, says UNISON Scotland

‘Speak-out’ survey reveals children and disabled services hanging by a thread, says UNISON Scotland

Date: Wednesday 6 November 2013 A ‘speak-out’ survey of community, voluntary and housing workers has exposed services to the most vulnerable people in society as “hanging by a thread”. The ... Read More
Child welfare must be the priority – school support staff strike over imposed healthcare tasks

Child welfare must be the priority – school support staff strike over imposed healthcare tasks

Date: Tuesday 5 November 2013 More than 400 school support staff will take to the streets tomorrow (Wednesday) to lobby Glasgow City Council over forced changes to their roles. The ... Read More
Procurement is key to rolling out benefits of living wage across Scotland, says UNISON

Procurement is key to rolling out benefits of living wage across Scotland, says UNISON

Date: Monday 4 November 2013 UNISON has today (Monday) welcomed the rise in the living wage but says it’s vital this is rolled out to the private and voluntary sectors ... Read More
UNISON Police Staff stunned at promotions as cash strapped force announces £139m cuts

UNISON Police Staff stunned at promotions as cash strapped force announces £139m cuts

Date: Thursday 31 October 2013 Scotland’s cash strapped police service is considering giving over 100 senior officers promotions that will see their pay rise by at least £8000 each to ... Read More
Midnight walk out in Glasgow begins UK higher education shut down

Midnight walk out in Glasgow begins UK higher education shut down

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2013 Picture opportunity - details of local actions across Scotland at end A midnight walk out by security guards at Glasgow Caledonian University will start a ... Read More
Glasgow City Council intransigence forces 1000 pupil support assistants out on strike

Glasgow City Council intransigence forces 1000 pupil support assistants out on strike

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2013 The strike is a last resort action by the city’s pupil support assistants (PSAs) following the forcing of new responsibilities for child healthcare tasks on ... Read More
Hundreds of Glasgow charity care workers face uncertain future

Hundreds of Glasgow charity care workers face uncertain future

Date: Wednesday 30 October 2013 Hundreds of Glasgow’s charity care workers face having their terms and conditions savaged as a result of spending cuts by the Scottish Government and Glasgow ... Read More
UNISON brands COSLA’s delay claims ‘utter nonsense’

UNISON brands COSLA’s delay claims ‘utter nonsense’

Date: Monday 28 October 2013 UNISON has dismissed COSLA’s delay claims as ‘utter nonsense’ and says the organisation’s decision to rip up its one year pay offer is a kick ... Read More
Toxic cocktail of spending cuts and violence

Toxic cocktail of spending cuts and violence

Date: Friday 25 October 2013 A 'toxic cocktail' of spending cuts and violence against public service workers has resulted in another increase in violent incidents across Scottish councils and NHS ... Read More
Pig abscesses to be minced into sausages and pies

Pig abscesses to be minced into sausages and pies

Date: Friday 11 October 2013 The European Parliament has rejected their own Health Committee recommendation and voted to change the regulation on the inspection of pigs in slaughterhouses. The changes ... Read More
Meals for school children and hospital patients must be protected from looming cuts – UNISON

Meals for school children and hospital patients must be protected from looming cuts – UNISON

Date: Thursday 10 October 2013 The quality of meals for school children and hospital patients must be protected from further public spending cuts, UNISON said today. The public services union ... Read More
UNISON members step up strike action over 'savage cuts' by Stirling Council

UNISON members step up strike action over ‘savage cuts’ by Stirling Council

Date: Thursday 10 October 2013 UNISON members within Stirling Council are set to step up industrial action after talks with the council’s Chief Executive presented a ‘re-hash’ of the original ... Read More
Police Scotland cutting frontline services and ignoring staff rights

Police Scotland cutting frontline services and ignoring staff rights

Date: Wednesday 2 October 2013 UNISON Scotland, the union representing staff in the Scottish Police service condemned attack on frontline services proposed in the force’s Public Counter and Traffic Warden ... Read More
UNISON members enjoy success in term-time dispute

UNISON members enjoy success in term-time dispute

Date: Wednesday 25 September 2013 Around 400 UNISON members based in Inverclyde Schools and Nurseries will receive compensation following an agreement between UNISON and Inverclyde Council to change their pay ... Read More
Health and care integration delivered by people not robots

Health and care integration delivered by people not robots

Date: Friday 13 September 2013 UNISON, Scotland's largest public sector union will today argue that if health and care integration is to succeed, it needs to focus more on the ... Read More
UNISON welcomes publication of Procurement Bill

UNISON welcomes publication of Procurement Bill

Date: Thursday 12 September 2013 UNISON, Scotland's largest public sector union has welcomed the Procurement Bill being sent to parliament. UNISON has long campaigned for public procurement to be used ... Read More
UNISON comment on Scottish Government pay policy

UNISON comment on Scottish Government pay policy

Date: Wednesday 11 September 2013 Mike Kirby, Scottish Secretary of UNISON the largest union in Scottish public services said: "Mr Swinney says that he will address low pay in the ... Read More
IT workers at Stirling Council to strike next week in ongoing dispute

IT workers at Stirling Council to strike next week in ongoing dispute

Date: Tuesday 10 September 2013 UNISON local government workers in Stirling will start selective strike action on Monday (16 Sept) as part of the branch’s ongoing industrial action against draconian ... Read More
Strike over ‘savage cuts’ by Stirling Council

Strike over ‘savage cuts’ by Stirling Council

Date: Thurs 22 August 2013 Local government workers in Stirling will begin strike action on Monday (26 August) against ‘savage cuts’ being imposed by their employer. UNISON Stirling Council branch ... Read More
Union project offers personal assistants and support workers training and employment rights advice

Union project offers personal assistants and support workers training and employment rights advice

Date: Fri 16 August 2013 The public services union UNISON has launched a project in Inverclyde offering networking, advice and support to personal assistants (PAs) and Support Workers who work ... Read More
Unions prepare for industrial action at Stirling Council

Unions prepare for industrial action at Stirling Council

Date: Thurs 15 August 2013 UNISON Stirling Council Branch, along with the other trade unions at the local authority, are preparing for industrial action following a rejection of the Council's ... Read More
Scots councils urged to ditch ‘care on the cheap’ 15 minute home visits

Scots councils urged to ditch ‘care on the cheap’ 15 minute home visits

Date: Thursday 1 August 2013 UNISON Scotland today hit out at Scottish councils over commissioning 15 minute home care visits to elderly and vulnerable people. A Freedom of Information request ... Read More
Dispute over pay at Citizens Advice Direct goes to ACAS

Dispute over pay at Citizens Advice Direct goes to ACAS

Date: Tues 23 July 2013 UNISON is tomorrow (Wednesday) taking a dispute over pay cuts of up to 6% at the Citizens Advice telephone service to ACAS. The Scottish telephone ... Read More
Inflation up – Scotland’s local government workers deserve fair pay

Inflation up – Scotland’s local government workers deserve fair pay

Date: Tue 16 July 2013 UNISON Scotland said today that inflation rising to 2.9% is grim news for hard pressed workers struggling to make ends meet. The public services union ... Read More
Social housing is key says UNISON - as Audit Scotland finds ‘failure to meet need’ for homes

Social housing is key says UNISON – as Audit Scotland finds ‘failure to meet need’ for homes

Date: Thu 11 July 2013 Housing services union UNISON has called for a massive investment in social housing to meet the shortfall of homes identified in a hard-hitting report out ... Read More
UNISON calls on councillors to back Fair Pay as strike ballot opens

UNISON calls on councillors to back Fair Pay as strike ballot opens

Date: Tue 2 July 2013 UNISON calls on councillors to back Fair Pay as strike ballot opens Local government union UNISON today (Tuesday) emailed Scotland’s councillors asking them to support ... Read More
UNISON wins historic equal pay case worth millions of pounds for members

UNISON wins historic equal pay case worth millions of pounds for members

Date: Wed 26 June 2013 Nearly two thousand women members of UNISON are celebrating a historic equal pay victory today. They have finally demolished the long-running defence by Scottish councils ... Read More
Fair Pay Day of Action for local government workers

Fair Pay Day of Action for local government workers

Date: Tues 25 June 2013 Unions today (Tuesday) launched a Fair Pay Day supporting Scottish local government workers as they prepare to vote on strike action. Trade unionists on the ... Read More
Strike ballot over plans to axe 155 community care jobs and slash salaries

Strike ballot over plans to axe 155 community care jobs and slash salaries

Date: Mon 24 June 2013 UNISON members employed by Cornerstone Community Care in the West of Scotland are being balloted on industrial action following proposals to cut 155 support workers ... Read More
Careers website ‘no substitute for face-to-face guidance’ - UNISON

Careers website ‘no substitute for face-to-face guidance’ – UNISON

Date: Tue 18 June 2013 Presentation of new research: What’s the evidence? Comparing the impact of career websites and other career support’ Tuesday 18 June - Scottish Parliament Members of ... Read More
Palestinian footballer joins UNISON in call for sporting boycott of Israel

Palestinian footballer joins UNISON in call for sporting boycott of Israel

Date: Thu 13 June 2013 Mahmoud Sarsak Meeting 12.30pm - Friday 14th June 2013 UNISON, 14 West Campbell Street, GLASGOW G2 6RX Palestinian international footballer Mahmoud Sarsak – recently released ... Read More
UNISON warns social work standards are at risk from austerity cuts

UNISON warns social work standards are at risk from austerity cuts

Date: Wed 12 June 2013 Social workers meeting in Glasgow today (Wed) warned that managers and the Scottish Government must do more protect services to the most vulnerable in the ... Read More
UNISON warns of risks from planning and regulation cuts

UNISON warns of risks from planning and regulation cuts

Date: Wed 12 June 2013 Severe cuts in council planning departments are leading to potential safety risks for the public, reducing the quality of the service delivered and worsening inequalities, ... Read More
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UNISON calls for massive investment in social housing

Launch of new housing policy document Making Homes for a Fairer Scotland Housing services union UNISON has today called for a massive investment in social housing to make the homes ... Read More
Hundreds of health workers win backdated maternity leave public holidays - UNISON

Hundreds of health workers win backdated maternity leave public holidays – UNISON

Date: Thu 6 June 2013 Women health workers in Scotland are to receive backdated public holidays they were wrongly denied while on maternity leave. NHS mums, including nurses, physiotherapists, cleaners, ... Read More
UNISON calls for massive investment in social housing

UNISON calls for massive investment in social housing

Date: Thu 6 June 2013 Launch of new housing policy document Making Homes for a Fairer Scotland Housing services union UNISON has today called for a massive investment in social housing ... Read More
Union announces Scotland wide strike ballot of council staff

Union announces Scotland wide strike ballot of council staff

Date: Tue 4 June 2013 Local government workers across Scotland are being balloted on strike action, after rejecting a 1% pay offer. UNISON, the public services union, will ballot 75,000 ... Read More
City college praised for successful merger faces possible strike ballot - UNISON

City college praised for successful merger faces possible strike ballot – UNISON

Date: Thu 23 May 2013 UNISON today called for talks at the City of Glasgow College after managers threatened to impose a pay settlement that has been rejected by support ... Read More
Police Custody and Security Officers are fully authorised to take fingerprints and DNA samples - UNISON

Police Custody and Security Officers are fully authorised to take fingerprints and DNA samples – UNISON

Date: Thu 23 May 2013 The union that represents police staff said today that any problems in Tayside around fingerprint and DNA samples are a local issue. George McIrvine, Unison ... Read More
Food safety requires independent regulator says meat inspectors union

Food safety requires independent regulator says meat inspectors union

Date: Thu 23 May 2013 UNISON warned today that the new Scottish version of the Food Standards Agency must have the powers and resources to safeguard the public and stand ... Read More
Public services paying the price of austerity job cuts

Public services paying the price of austerity job cuts

Date: Thu 23 May 2013 UNISON Scotland response to Audit Scotland report on ‘early leavers’ UNISON Scotland has called for an end to the ongoing massive public service job cuts ... Read More
New union project offers personal assistants training and employment rights advice

New union project offers personal assistants training and employment rights advice

Date: Wed 22 May 2013 New union project offers personal assistants training and employment rights advice The public services union UNISON has launched a new project offering networking, advice and ... Read More
Stirling Council set to move away from collective bargaining – unions prepare for strike ballot

Stirling Council set to move away from collective bargaining – unions prepare for strike ballot

Date: Fri 17 May 2013 Statement from the joint trade unions at Stirling Council – UNISON, Unite, GMB and UCATT Council set to walk away from negotiations, collective bargaining: It ... Read More
Bumpy roads across Scotland tell the real story of maintenance spending cut by a fifth - UNISON

Bumpy roads across Scotland tell the real story of maintenance spending cut by a fifth – UNISON

Date: Fri 17 May 2013 UNISON Scotland response to Accounts Commission report on audit update on roads maintenance: UNISON said today that the key point to emerge from the report ... Read More
Pay freezes are driving down living standards, while the rich get richer - UNISON

Pay freezes are driving down living standards, while the rich get richer – UNISON

Date: Wed 15 May 2013 Public services union UNISON today released a report showing how pay freezes are contributing to sharply declining living standards for workers in vital services. UNISON ... Read More
Council tax freeze is costing public services dear - UNISON

Council tax freeze is costing public services dear – UNISON

Date: Wed 1 May 2013 Hard-pressed Scots are facing massive increases in charges for vital local services to pay for the Scottish government’s Council Tax freeze, public sector union UNISON ... Read More
UNISON marks International Workers’ Memorial Day with call for safer workplaces

UNISON marks International Workers’ Memorial Day with call for safer workplaces

Date: Fri 26 April 2013 UNISON today warned that the appalling toll of death and injuries from the collapsed clothes factory in Bangladesh highlights the vital importance of strong health ... Read More
Women’s equality at work no better than when Scottish Parliament opened in 199

Women’s equality at work no better than when Scottish Parliament opened in 199

Date: Thu 25 April 2013 UNISON today provided damning evidence to MSPs that major obstacles remain to women achieving equality in the workplace and that low paid women deserve action ... Read More
Purpose first - powers later, UNISON tells Scottish Labour

Purpose first – powers later, UNISON tells Scottish Labour

Date: Fri 19 April 2013 UNISON Scotland, one of Labour’s largest affiliated unions, has told the party its first and main task must be to identify the purpose of greater ... Read More
Involve staff in health and social care integration or watch reform fail

Involve staff in health and social care integration or watch reform fail

Date: Wed 17 April 2013 UNISON today warned that changes to services for the most vulnerable people must do more to involve staff or watch reform fail. The public services ... Read More
Scottish Health Secretary to speak at UNISON health conference

Scottish Health Secretary to speak at UNISON health conference

Date: Thurs 11 April 2013 Alex Neil, Scottish Health Secretary, is a keynote speaker at UNISON Scotland's health conference in Glasgow tomorrow (Friday 12 April). Pay and pensions are key ... Read More
Workers must be central in public service reform, not treated as puppets or pawns

Workers must be central in public service reform, not treated as puppets or pawns

Date: Wed 27 March 2013 UNISON will today (Wed) tell a committee of MSPs that redesigns of public services must not treat workers as pawns to be moved around recklessly, ... Read More
Magnificent effort by public service workers in snow-hit Argyll and Bute, Arran and Dumfries & Galloway

Magnificent effort by public service workers in snow-hit Argyll and Bute, Arran and Dumfries & Galloway

Date: Tue 26 March 2013 UNISON today praised the work of public service staff clearing roads, working to restore power and supporting snowed-in communities hit by Friday’s storm. As engineers ... Read More
UNISON warns Lib Dems - Don't take health and safety back to dark ages

UNISON warns Lib Dems – Don’t take health and safety back to dark ages

Date: Fri 25 March 2013 The Coalition Government should abandon measures that would drive a coach and horses through health and safety legislation. That was the message today when UNISON ... Read More
Innovative pensions fund plan for new social housing in Scotland

Innovative pensions fund plan for new social housing in Scotland

Date: Mon 25 March 2013 UNISON today launched a proposal to use Scottish council pension funds to invest in much needed affordable social housing. Preliminary discussions with housing associations have ... Read More
Support public water services as a human right for all on World Water Day

Support public water services as a human right for all on World Water Day

Date: Fri 22 March 2013 UNISON today marked World Water Day with a call for water to be a human right and not for sale. The public services union used ... Read More
Proposed college merger cuts are ‘thin end of the wedge’ – UNISON Scotland

Proposed college merger cuts are ‘thin end of the wedge’ – UNISON Scotland

Date: Fri 22 March 2013 Scotland’s further education support staff union UNISON and college lecturers’ union EIS today jointly condemned a move to cut 86 jobs in a new merged ... Read More
UNISON Scotland slams Osborne Budget as ‘a broken record of broken hopes’

UNISON Scotland slams Osborne Budget as ‘a broken record of broken hopes’

Date: Wed 20 March 2013 UNISON Scotland leader Mike Kirby has described today's Budget by George Osborne as a "broken record of missed targets and broken hopes" and slammed the ... Read More
UNISON today backs Patient Opinion website for rating NHS care

UNISON today backs Patient Opinion website for rating NHS care

Date: Tues 19 March 2013 UNISON today endorsed Patient Opinion, a website for rating NHS care. See the BBC Scotland news report by health correspondent Eleanor Bradford. "A website which allows patients to ... Read More
UNISON recommends members reject 1% local government pay offer

UNISON recommends members reject 1% local government pay offer

Date: Fri 15 March 2013 UNISON Scotland is to recommend that its local government members reject a final pay offer from councils. Branch delegates meeting in Glasgow today (15 March) ... Read More
Trade union membership pays dividends for UNISON members around Scotland

Trade union membership pays dividends for UNISON members around Scotland

Date: Mon 11 March 2013 UNISON said today that a living wage deal at one of Scotland’s biggest universities is the latest success in the union winning hundreds of thousands ... Read More
Don't treat Scotland's colleges and support staff like Cinderella, UNISON tells MSPs

Don’t treat Scotland’s colleges and support staff like Cinderella, UNISON tells MSPs

Date: Thu 7 March 2013 • PHOTO OPPORTUNITY EVENT - 1pm outside Parliament - Cinderella will make an appearance with the Ugly Sisters - MEDIA are invited to send cameras ... Read More
Scottish Ministers told time is right to act against tax dodging companies

Scottish Ministers told time is right to act against tax dodging companies

Date: Thu 7 March 2013 UNISON Scotland will today (Thursday) urge the Scottish Government to respond to overwhelming public outrage about tax dodging companies. The public services union wants Ministers ... Read More
New police service set to fail on Best Value if no progress on modern police teams

New police service set to fail on Best Value if no progress on modern police teams

Date: Wed 6 March 2013 Scotland’s new police service is set to fall significantly behind England & Wales in best practice for modern policing, failing its Best Value duty. That ... Read More
UNISON to ballot members on local government pay offer

UNISON to ballot members on local government pay offer

Date: Fri 1 March 2013 UNISON Scotland is to ballot its local government members on a final pay offer from councils. Branch delegates will meet in Glasgow next month (15 ... Read More
UNISON calls for new devolved powers to create a Fairer Scotland

UNISON calls for new devolved powers to create a Fairer Scotland

Date: Thu 28 February 2013 UNISON today launched a set of policy proposals calling for fresh powers, including pensions and income tax, to be devolved to Scotland. The union’s ‘Fairer ... Read More
Major cuts in food safety and environmental health are putting the public at risk

Major cuts in food safety and environmental health are putting the public at risk

Date: Tue 26 February 2013 UNISON Scotland warned today that new figures and staff surveys show cuts to local council environmental health departments and to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) ... Read More
UNISON wins Living Wage for low paid staff at Central Scotland Police

UNISON wins Living Wage for low paid staff at Central Scotland Police

Date: Wed 20 February 2013 UNISON today welcomed news that Central Scotland Police has become the first police force in the UK to be an accredited Living Wage employer. The ... Read More
UNISON General Secretary in Stornoway visit to support case against cuts

UNISON General Secretary in Stornoway visit to support case against cuts

Date: Wed 20 February 2013 Dave Prentis, General Secretary of the UK’s largest public sector union, UNISON, will tomorrow (21 February, 2013), join members in Stornoway to add his voice ... Read More
UNISON urges support for library services – National Libraries Day 9 February

UNISON urges support for library services – National Libraries Day 9 February

Date: Fri 8 February 2013 UNISON today hit out at cuts to library services and urged councillors to defend libraries at the heart of local communities. Tomorrow (Saturday 9 February) ... Read More
Scottish Budget – council services hit hardest – UNISON calls for funding review

Scottish Budget – council services hit hardest – UNISON calls for funding review

Date: Wed 6 February 2013 Public services union UNISON today warned that vital council services are being hit hardest by budget cuts and called for a review of local government ... Read More
Save our colleges, UNISON FE members tell MSPs

Save our colleges, UNISON FE members tell MSPs

Date: Tue 5 February 2013 Scotland’s college support staff union UNISON will today (Tuesday 5 February) give evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee on the Post-16 Education ... Read More
UNISON: Government must act on Scots police staff jobs and end confusion

UNISON: Government must act on Scots police staff jobs and end confusion

Date: Fri 1 February 2013 UNISON’s new all-Scotland police branch today urged the government and employers to avert disastrous police staff job cuts and to end “the chaos and uncertainty” ... Read More
UNISON demands NHS chiefs stump up millions in unpaid wages

UNISON demands NHS chiefs stump up millions in unpaid wages

Date: Fri 1 February 2013 NHS union UNISON is demanding that NHS bosses in Greater Glasgow and Clyde pay thousands of NHS workers wages which have not been paid to ... Read More
Union warns on public safety concerns raised in Audit Scotland report

Union warns on public safety concerns raised in Audit Scotland report

Date: Thu 31 January 2013 UNISON today (Thursday) warned that damaging cuts to trading standards and food safety services in environmental health are putting the public at risk when safety ... Read More
UNISON slams ‘damaging’ Stirling Council plan to cut vital services and jobs

UNISON slams ‘damaging’ Stirling Council plan to cut vital services and jobs

Date: Mon 28 January 2013 Stirling UNISON branch has criticised a decision by the local council to give formal notice of up to 250 redundancies ahead of negotiations over budget plans - ... Read More
UNISON welcomes South Ayrshire equal pay settlement

UNISON welcomes South Ayrshire equal pay settlement

Date: Wed 23 January 2013 Local government union UNISON is today celebrating a historic equal pay settlement for hundreds of council staff in South Ayrshire. The deal finalised this week ... Read More
UNISON wins pay deal of up to 4% at South Lanarkshire College

UNISON wins pay deal of up to 4% at South Lanarkshire College

Date: Wed 23 January 2013 UNISON members at South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride have won a landmark pay deal which will see a rise of more than 4% for ... Read More
Carers, celebrities and campaigners rally for learning disability services and day care centres

Carers, celebrities and campaigners rally for learning disability services and day care centres

Date: Tue 22 January 2013 Rally in George Square 12.30pm Wed 23 January Photo and interview opportunities with carers Carers and service users will unite with trade unionists, campaigners and ... Read More
UNISON challenges North Lanarkshire Council over damaging cuts

UNISON challenges North Lanarkshire Council over damaging cuts

Date: Tue 15 January 2013 Local government union UNISON today challenged councillors in North Lanarkshire to get round the table for talks about their damaging cuts proposals. The council has ... Read More
Glasgow equal pay tribunal victory for UNISON

Glasgow equal pay tribunal victory for UNISON

Date: Wed 30 January 2013 30UNISON Scotland has welcomed an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling on equal pay which could improve the chances of low paid workers, mainly women, seeking fair ... Read More
UNISON warns Borders Council against breaking from national pay framework

UNISON warns Borders Council against breaking from national pay framework

Date: Wed 9 January 2013 Local government union UNISON today called on Borders Council to step back from imposing an unpopular pay and conditions deal on its workforce. The move would ... Read More
Students being turned away by colleges highlights need for support services

Students being turned away by colleges highlights need for support services

Date: Wed 2 January 2013 UNISON today called on Scottish Education Secretary Mike Russell to guarantee proper staffing for support services in colleges, after figures showed thousands of suitably qualified ... Read More
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Challenges ahead for 2013 – A New Year message from Mike Kirby

2012 has been a tough year for our vital public services and our members who work hard to provide them. And 2013 looks as though it will be just as ... Read More
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Delivering vital public services through the Christmas period – A message from Mike Kirby

At this time of year, when people take time off for holidays and family time and festivities, thousands of UNISON members will be working and on call – caring for ... Read More
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UNISON condemns ‘Swinney Tax’ on NHS workers

UNISON Scotland condemned the “Swinney Tax” on NHS workers today, as the Scottish Government published consultation proposals to increase employee pensions contributions for the second year - with a further ... Read More
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UNISON NHS staff welcome a small bit of Xmas cheer

UNISON Scotland welcomed today the decision of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to pay the PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) registration fee of £59 for all relevant staff ... Read More
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UNISON calls for immediate withdrawal of redundancy notices at Queen Margaret University

UNISON Scotland has called for the Education Secretary to intervene over incompetent redundancy notices issued by bosses at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University. The higher education union wants the redundancy notices ... Read More
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Job cuts threaten services and make workers sick in Western Isles

UNISON’s Western Isles local government branch has issued a counter-warning over jobs and service cuts following an Audit Scotland alert that staff sickness rates were becoming an area of ‘concern’ ... Read More
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North Lanarkshire council must use £73m cuts decision delay to talk with unions

UNISON’s North Lanarkshire branch today welcomed a delay until the new year on a decision on £73m of cuts that would “destroy the social fabric” of the area, but said ... Read More
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Scottish police staff are ‘brunt of perverse game of control’- UNISON

Police staff union UNISON has criticised ‘insulting’ comments made by Vic Emery, the chair of the Scottish Police Authority today (Tuesday 27 November) in his dispute with Chief Constable, Stephen ... Read More
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Scottish government must now create balanced police service – UNISON

UNISON Scotland today called on the Scottish government to look again at police staffing, as a new report by the Accounts Commission reveals that frontline police officers are backfilling the ... Read More
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Treasury confirms VAT bill for single fire and police services

UNISON Scotland has received confirmation from the Treasury that if the single fire and police services are established as proposed by the Scottish Government they will lose the current VAT ... Read More