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UNISON report reveals trading standards cuts are putting public safety at risk

The number of trading standards officers have been cut by almost a quarter (23%) in the past six years, giving rogue traders free rein to scam the public says UNISON. The findings are part of the UNISON Scotland’s latest survey – Trading Safety: a survey of trading standards staff – released today (Wednesday). The report […]

Trading Safety – a survey of trading standards officers

Damage series This survey is part of UNISON Scotland’s Damage series: a programme of surveys looking at the impact of the age of austerity on services and those who deliver them. Trading Safety takes a closer look at the issues affecting staff in local authority trading standards teams. Trading standards teams are an essential local […]

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 series which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and the people who deliver them. The survey reveals a group […]

Building Stress: a survey of building control staff

This survey is the latest in our Damage series of reports which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and the people who deliver them. It shows a group of workers who are short-staffed, overworked, stressed and long overdue a pay rise. This report reveals a dedicated workforce committed to ensuring […]

Hard Lessons: Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts

This is a large scale survey of support staff working in schools across Scotland. It is a wide ranging report giving a clear overview of what is going on in Scottish schools. Its main finding is that support staff have lack of time, lack of resources and heavy workloads which mean they are struggling to […]

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 Scotland’s damage series which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and the people who deliver them. The survey reveals […]

A Fairer Start: A survey of apprentices in Scotland’s public services

This survey is part of UNISON Scotland’s damage series which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and the people who deliver them. The survey reveals a group of workers who are plagued by job insecurity. The track record of employers providing employment for apprenticeship schemes is patchy but generally […]

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 the people who deliver them. The survey of home carers revealed: • 9 in 10 (88%) said they were limited to specific times for client […]

Home care workers ask – we care, do you?

Scotland needs a quality home care service to meet the growing demand and also ensures that patients who shouldn’t be in hospital are cared for at home. While there is a welcome commitment to address this, the service at present is struggling. See more on the Public Works blog. This is reinforced in a report […]

UNISON will help youth workers and young people defend their services.

#ulgc16 Conference supported a campaign to protect vital youth work services which have been devastated in recent years and are seen as an easy target for councils looking to make cuts. Kate Ramsden from Aberdeenshire spoke in support of the motion and an amendment which called on the union to work with young people themselves […]