Tag Archives: health

Fairer Scotland Duty

The Fairer Scotland Duty came into force in April this year. The Scottish government has published interim guidance for public bodies to support them in meeting their obligations under the Act. The aim of the duty is to “put tackling inequality genuinely at the heart of key decision making.” This means that the Act and […]

NHS pay update – Letter to the Cabinet Secretary

UNISON has today (Wednesday) written to Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, calling for immediate action in implementing the 3% pay uplift for Scottish NHS workers earning under £80,000. Matt McLaughlin, UNISON Head of Health, said: “Any further delay in implementing the 3% is unacceptable and UNISON is prepared to seek approval for […]

NHS Pay 2018 – Members’ Update

Speaking at the union’s annual health conference in Brighton today (Tuesday, April 17), Chair of the UNISON Scotland health committee, Tom Waterson said: “It was UNISON’s campaign in health, and across the public sector, which convinced the Scottish government to scrap the pay cap. It has tabled a pay remit paper that says all staff […]

Joint approach needed to tackle NHS vacancies

Congress backed a motion from the newly affiliated Hospital Consultants and Specialists’ Association calling on the Scottish Government to address the rising numbers of vacancies for NHS consultants in Scottish hospitals. An amendment by the Society of Radiographers, backed by UNISON, recognised the need to develop the whole team to operate at the top of […]

UNISON calls on Scotland’s largest college to pay workers the Real Living Wage

The City of Glasgow College is to investigate moving the statue of Emily Pankhurst in London to the gates of the College whilst not paying low paid women the Real Living Wage of £8.75 per hour. A minute from a Board meeting on the 11th of October 2017 obtained by UNISON unveil that the Chair […]

UNISON Scotland gives a cautious welcome to NHS England Pay deal.

UNISON Scotland has offered a cautious welcome to news that the NHS UK Staff Council have reached agreement on a modernising pay deal for NHS England and is calling in the Scottish Government to enter into talks with NHS unions in Scotland urgently. Tom Waterson, Chair of the UNISON Scotland Health Committee said, “The NHS […]

UNISON open letter on Argyll & Bute HSCP cuts

UNISON has today sent and open letter regarding devastating health and social care cuts being proposed in Argyll & Bute (see link on right) Simon Macfarlane, UNISON Regional Organiser said: “Since news of these shocking proposals began to break UNISON has been inundated with members contacting us to express their dismay and fears, both for […]

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 in care homes, GP practices or out in the community. The mobile advice unit – a custom-made vehicle with an office and internet access – will […]

Guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries

The Scottish government has published the long-awaited update on guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries. The guidance is a substantial document which will require detailed reading when branches are working with employers to ensure the guidance is implemented. The new guidance takes on board some of UNISON’s key concerns. There are now […]

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 union, said that ambulance technicians and paramedics are repeatedly being asked to work excessively long hours without breaks. Scottish Ambulance Service UNISON Branch Secretary, Stevie […]