Tag Archives: local government

Early Learning and Childcare Service Model for 2020

The provision of a free at the point of use public childcare service has been a demand of the trade union movement for over a hundred years. UNISON therefore welcomes the proposal to increase the current free hours to 1140 a year. We also welcome the plans from local authorities to change the pattern of […]

Renfrewshire model of organising low paid women to be rolled out across UNISON

Local Government Conference applauded an initiative from UNISON Renfrewshire bringing together different occupational groups of low paid members around shared issues. The leadership will now look at rolling this out as an organising and recruitment tool. It will provide guidance for branches on adopting this model and will publicise success. Moving the Renfrewshire motion, Lorna […]

Briefing 99 Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme Review

There is a consultation going on about a possible restructuring of Scottish Local Government Pensions schemes. The aim is to compare different options to improve the performance of the schemes by collaborating pooling or merger.  This briefing summarises the options being put forward in the consultation paper, and the challenges to implementing them.

Sitting still is not an option on trans equality

Trans equality must have a higher priority in councils and other workplaces, as studies show a high level of trans bullying alongside a lack of knowledge and information about trans equality. Local Government Conference backed a range of measures to promote trans equality and UNISON’s trans equality guide and model policy, and to urge councils […]

UNISON members will not set aside their social work values in supporting asylum seekers

UNISON will step up support for local government workers who assist asylum seekers in the face of diminishing council budgets,coupled with the denial of public funds for refused asylum seekers still fighting for their right to stay, and the need to share information with other government agencies. The national union will build upon UNISON Scotland’s […]

Glasgow struggle shows how far we are from pay equality

Delegates at Local Government Conference slammed the lack of progress on equal pay despite UK and EU legislation and UNISON’s campaigning and pledged to continue the struggle to achieve equal pay across local government. Speaking in support of the NJC Local Government Committee motion, Denise Phillips, a Glasgow Home Care steward told conference of their […]

Social workers must reject role of agents of state and stand up for ethical practice

Activists who attended Sunday’s lunchtime fringe meeting “Social work against the state attack on asylum and refuge” heard powerful presentations on the need to support our members in social work to practice ethically when it comes to refugees and asylum seekers. The meeting was chaired by Chris Tansley, Chair of UNISON Local Government Social Care […]

Jannies victory in Glasgow – more members, more pay and back in-house

Local Government Conference welcomed Bill Petrie, one of the Glasgow Jannies who took on their employer, Cordia (an arms length company in Glasgow) and after a hard fought 20 month dispute, won a great victory. On Sunday, delegates applauded their campaign, Justice4Jannies, and in turn Bill thanked UNISON for its support. Bill gave the background […]

Vital local services in Scotland are collapsing say council staff in UNISON survey

Local government spending cuts have left councils in Scotland unable to meet the needs of local communities and, in some cases, are putting the public at risk, says UNISON today (Monday). A survey, released to coincide with the union’s local government conference, reveals that almost eight in ten (78%) council workers have no confidence in […]

Working for better pensions’ governance

Local Government delegates gave unanimous backing for a motion from the Scottish Joint Council Committee for a campaign to ensure that UNISON members are actively involved in the governance of our pension schemes and funds. The Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme already has UNISON seats on every pension board in each of the eleven funds; […]