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Just Transition to a Low Carbon economy – steering group statement 16 December 2016

UNISON Scotland is one of the trade union partners which has signed a joint statement with environment campaigns FoE Scotland and WWF Scotland to develop policies that can create a Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy. The Statement notes our shared concern that plans to tackle climate change have been too slow and not […]

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 […]

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 the switch to a low carbon economy. On ‘Climate Day’, ahead of a Holyrood election online debate, trade unions say there must be a ‘Just […]

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 that, pay in Scotland has fallen in real-terms by 12%, with private sector pay falling further than public sector pay. It also confirms that had […]

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 on Wednesday 28 October at 12:30om outside the Civic Centre in Motherwell, ML1 1AB. UNISON spokespeople will be available for comment and photo opportunities North […]

Public Service FUTURES Issue 10 – Autumn 2014

PublicServiceFutures10_Autumn2014 Public Service FUTURES  Issue 10 – Autumn 2014: Delivering Equality: COSLA Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy final report Re-inventing our economy: So it works for people and the planet Outsourcing the Cuts: The cuts are being passed directly on to low-paid workers How Safe is Your Dinner? Government must ensure Food Standards Scotland focuses […]

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 contrasted the increasing wealth of the richest with the “triple whammy” of frozen pay, inflation and tax and benefit changes affecting ordinary families. Dave Watson, […]

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 shown keen interest in the plan which could potentially unlock many millions of pounds for building new homes. UNISON’s head of bargaining and campaigns Dave […]

Public Service FUTURES Issue 5 – Spring 2013

PublicServiceFutures05_Spring2013 Public Service FUTURES Issue 5 – Spring 2013: Taxing questions – local taxation need to be reformed; plus… Chamber of secret – the layers of subcontracting; Reducing health inequalities; and more…

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 challenging. The austerity measures imposed by governments at Westminster and Holyrood continue to impact heavily upon our public services – so vital to local communities. […]