Tag Archives: local government

Pay Claim Update 2018

Local Government Pay You will be aware that UNISON, along with the other trade unions representing members in Local Government, submitted a joint pay claim to your employer on the 12th January 2018.  This claim was constructed following consultation with all members working in Local Government and you can read the detail of that here.  […]

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 […]

Local Government Pay Claim

UNISON members have suffered a real terms pay cut over the last ten years. Despite the news headlines following the budget, there was no allocation of funds to local authorities to meet the three percent pay rise that other public sector workers are likely to receive. The UNISON Local Government Committee is now in negotiations […]

Branches call on public and politicians to love public services

Valentine’s Day protests were held across Scotland against councils’ plans to cut services and jobs, calling on the public to ‘show their love for public services’. Moray UNISON held a ‘Show Your Love for Public Services’ lobby of the council HQ prior to the full council meeting on 14 February after a public event on […]

Pupils with Additional Support Needs

UNISON members are clear that currently we are not getting it right for children with additional support needs (ASN). Children with additional support needs are now physically in mainstream schools but many are far from mainstreamed into school life. The policy has not been supported with adequate funding for the learning support, healthcare needs and […]

Evidence to the Local Government Committee on the proposed Planning Bill

The government states that: “The planning system supports the Scottish government’s purpose of creating a more successful country with opportunities for all to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth.” UNISON is concerned that this suggests that planning must focus on economic development rather than community development. While the two are linked it should be made […]

Damaging impact of unfair council cuts

UNISON branches are campaigning hard against looming council budget cuts that will see more jobs lost and increasing damage to important services, with the most vulnerable people worst affected.  We oppose austerity cuts across all public services and the effects on the NHS are a key concern. Pressures over the winter saw A&E waiting times […]

The Planning Bill

 UNISON is concerned that the Planning Bill is about less regulation of businesses rather than improving lives. Planning was reformed less than 10 years ago. The problems in the system are caused by budget cuts and staff shortages not structures. UNISON is particularity concerned about the lack of detail in the financial memorandum. Much of […]

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 and the local economy. With funding for local government in the proposed Scottish Budget viewed as inadequate by many and with the Scottish Green Party […]

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 claim was submitted to COSLA (employers) by the Trade Union side of the Scottish Local Government Joint Council for the period 1 April 2018 to […]