Tag Archives: Combating Austerity

UNISON steps up combating austerity campaign to save public sector millions

A campaign to help Scotland’s public sector save and raise millions of pounds is being stepped up today (20 July 2017), with a new report from UNISON on combating austerity. Scotland’s largest public service union says new figures from councils and health boards demonstrate the importance of its proposed measures designed to help protect services […]



E-briefing – Autumn Statement and Scotland – Nov 2016

This briefing highlights the main implications of the UK Autumn Statement for UNISON members in Scotland. While the £800m additional capital spending is welcome, there is nothing for revenue spending where the greatest pressures are in the Scottish budget. The economic forecasts are almost all downgraded and that will also have longer term implications for public services. […]



Many roles, many barriers. Davena Rankin – first black chair of STUC Women’s Committee

#stucwomen16 UNISON’s Davena Rankin is chairing this year’s STUC Women’s Conference. Here is her speech in full opening today’s proceedings. I have had the honour and privilege of chairing the STUC Women’s Committee in the past year. I am the first Black chair of the Committee and with the support of the Committee, decided that […]



Davena Rankin to chair STUC Women’s Conference

#stucwomen16 UNISON’s Davena Rankin will chair the 89th Annual STUC Women’s Conference on Friday 28 and Saturday 29th October 2016 in the Concert Hall, Perth. Davena is branch secretary at Glasgow Caledonian University, chair of the STUC Women’s Committee, chair of UNISON Scotland’s Women’s Committee and she sits on the union’s National Executive Council. In her sororial message […]



Draft Budget 2017-18: Evidence to Scottish Parliament Local Government Committee – Oct 2016

Summary: Local government budget It is very difficult to respond to calls for evidence on a budget when there is so little information available. Our comments are therefore based on the Scottish government’s statements and published programme for government and members’ experience of recent local government budget cuts. Public expenditure in Scotland faces year-on-year real term […]



Air Passenger Duty Consultation Response

UNISON Scotland starts from the position that the Scottish Government should be defending public services and working for social justice by opposing austerity and tackling inequalities. Climate change action is essential and should support these goals. Instead, cutting Air Passenger Duty would benefit the wealthiest, while increasing aviation emissions. A lose, lose proposal for Scottish public services […]



Council Connections 15 – May 2016

Local Government Reform While we await the new Scottish Government’s legislative programme, it seems clear that local government is in for a period of further reform. Reviews are promised of the structure of health boards and councils, together with new regional education bodies with more finance going directly to schools. There are also proposals to […]



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 today (13 May 2016). UNISON has surveyed youth workers across Scotland including youth support workers; literacy and numeracy workers; home school partnership officers; family support […]



Questions for election candidates: Council cuts

This year’s Scottish Government budget allocation to councils has been cut by £500 million in real terms (£349 million in cash). The Scottish Government’s budget was cut by 0.8% yet they decided to cut council budgets by 4.5%. 74% of Scottish voters in a Survation poll agreed that local services will get worse as a […]