Tag Archives: Mike Kirby

New economic report concludes Scotland needs ‘urgent exit from austerity’, says UNISON

Scotland needs ‘urgent exit from austerity’ is the conclusion of a new report commissioned by UNISON, Scotland’s largest trade union. The new report, The Impact of Austerity on Scotland, was written for UNISON by leading economist John McLaren. It outlines where Scotland’s economy is now in terms of growth, public spending and living standards. The […]



The Impact of Austerity on Scotland: damage done and routes to recovery

UNISON Scotland has commissioned this report from leading economist Professor John Maclaren in order to offer analysis of the impact of austerity in Scotland and of what policy measures the Scottish Parliament might be put in place to mitigate its effects. Impact of Austerity on Scotland: damage done and routes to recovery Introduction, Key Points […]



UNISON Scotland reaction to ministerial statement on draft 2016/17 budget

Date: Wednesday 16 December 2015 Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish Regional Secretary said, ‘UNISON Scotland recognises that Tory austerity limits the options available in the Spending Review. However, it is unacceptable that yet again local government is bearing the brunt of cuts. We are now in the 8th year of the council tax freeze that limits […]



Combating Austerity: Signposting the ways Scotland could limit some of the damage

The Conservative Government’s austerity programme will result in around a further £2 billion of cuts to Scotland’s public services. There is a broad consensus across Scotland that austerity is damaging to public services and the economy. UNISON Scotland is part of the campaign against austerity. As part of combating austerity we should also look at practical ways in […]



UNISON slams charity for not paying minimum wage back pay

Friday 1 May 2015 UNISON is furious that The Richmond Fellowship Scotland is refusing to pay hundreds of pounds in back pay to staff who have not been paid the national minimum wage. The trade union will be taking legal action against The Richmond Fellowship Scotland, who provides care services across Scotland.  UNISON believe The Richmond […]

UNISON Scotland launches public services manifesto

UNISON, Scotland’s largest trade union, today launched its manifesto promoting public services for the General Election 2016. The UNISON Public Services Manifesto was launched at UNISON’s General Council at Glasgow Concert Hall, today, to over 250 unison members, by Scottish convener Lilian Macer. Lilian Macer, UNISON Scottish Convener, said: “This is a public services election. […]



Public Services Election – UNISON Scotland Manifesto 2015

UNISONScotlandManifesto2015 This Election Matters The vast majority of UNISON Scotland’s members work in areas which are devolved to the Scottish Parliament, but even so the general election will still have a huge bearing on our working lives. With reserved issues including overall public spending levels, most economic policy, welfare spending and employment rights it could […]



Key questions in the Public Services election

UNISON and the General Election In the third of a series of articles, UNISON Scottish Secretary Mike Kirby lays out UNISON’s plan to get our members’ issues at the centre of the election debates. Key questions in the Public Services election 3 April 2015: “This is the Public Services Election. The outcome will have a huge […]



A Monstrous Regiment of (117,000) Women

In the second of a series of articles, UNISON Scottish Secretary Mike Kirby lays out UNISON’s plan to get our members’ issues at the centre of the election debates. A Monstrous Regiment of (117,000) Women “We need a million female members speaking up for public services because they care about the services they deliver and […]

Challenging all political parties on what they will do for our people

‘During the election campaign we will strive to keep UNISON policies and objectives fore and centre  of the political debate. UNISON priorities of an end to Tory austerity, fair employment and trade union rights, pay and public services… by challenging all political parties on what they will do for our people.‘ 09 January 2014: Four […]