Tag Archives: low pay

Low-paid women will welcome MSPs equality plan, says UNISON

UNISON Scotland has welcomed the Scottish Government’s report on pay equality and says it gives hope to low-paid women. The report by the Economy and Fair Work Committee, published today (Monday), gives comprehensive and detailed recommendations to promote pay equality and tackle the enduring 16% pay gap between women and men. Recommendations include: • The […]

UNISON welcomes introduction of Scottish Living Wage for social care

UNISON welcomes the Scottish Government commitment to introduce the Scottish Living Wage across the social care sector in Scotland, from 1st October 2016. This is the result of a long campaign by UNISON, and we are pleased that extra money has been provided for employers to meet this new commitment. However, we are disappointed that […]

Briefing 076 Bargaining – Pay – May 2016

KEY POINTS: Pay in Scotland has fallen 12% in real terms since 2011 If it has risen in line with OBR forecast Scotland’s economy would be £11.6bn larger. That would have generated £3.6bn in extra government revenues. It would have saved £240m in benefits. Public sector pay has fallen by 10%, but much further behind […]

Pay all care workers living wage, says UNISON

UNISON is calling on all employers to pay the living wage to care workers and all councils to adopt UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter in its Social care manifesto for Scotland to improve working conditions for some of the worst paid public workers in Scotland. UNISON manifesto Social Care in Scotland is launched today (Monday 2 […]

Young workers worth ‘better than zero’

#STUC16 Young members were joined by other STUC delegates and TUC president Liz Snape in demonstrating for ‘Better than Zero’ workers’ conditions outside Café Nero in Dundee this morning. Like some other businesses, Café Nero have made staff pay for the discriminatory so-called national living wage by a penny-pinching claw back of conditions like paid breaks […]

Early Learning and Childcare 1140 Hours expansion

Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on its programme of trials regarding its commitment to expand childcare to 1140 hours per year.

UNISON secures end of low pay deal for NHS staff in Lanarkshire

UNISON, the largest union in NHS Lanarkshire, is working with NHS Board to raise the wages of its lowest paid staff. The union aims to reach this objective through the review of the NHS Agenda for Change Band 1. The deal, negotiated by UNISON, is the first of its kind in the UK and could […]

Argyll and Bute UNISON achieve end to ‘zero hours’ contracts

Date: Friday 29 January 2016 Against a background of budget cuts and job losses UNISON, the union for council workers in Argyll and Bute has negotiated an end to the use of ‘zero hours’ contracts by the local authority.  Through doggedly pursuing the issue of zero hours contracts through negotiations the local UNISON branch has […]

UNISON hails historic pay deal for further education support staff in Scotland

Date: Friday 22 January 2016 UNISON has led negotiations to achieve the first ever national pay rise for over four thousand support staff in Scotland‘s Further Education Colleges. Support staff deliver a range of vital student services and are key to the running of the 25 new colleges in Scotland. The deal was agreed at […]

UNISON wins £ multi-million compensation for 1400 women in Fife Council

Date: Wednesday 28 October 2015 UNISON has reached a multi million pound settlement with Fife Council for over 1400, mainly low paid women UNISON members, for their equal pay claims. UNISON members will now be properly recompensed for historic discriminatory pay practices within Fife Council. It is a deal worth £millions and will include compensation […]