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Young Workers are the future of our union

Conference overwhelmingly backed a call from the National Young Members Forum to designate 2019 as “The Year of Young Workers.” It committed to initiatives to increase the numbers of young members, with a 5% target by next year’s conference and another 5% by 2020. A Scotland amendment highlighted again that young workers are the trade […]

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 […]

Tackling the crisis in health and social care

As the NHS gets ready to celebrate its 70th birthday on 7th July, conference slammed cuts to NHS funding since 2010 by successive UK governments. It backed an NEC motion which set out a range of actions to address the crisis in Health and Social Care, including a continuing campaign against privatisation in the NHS […]

UNISON will organise for the participation of low paid women

Women make up 75% of our UNISON membership with many of them working in low paid jobs, yet the percentage in elected roles, despite our low paid women’s seats, in no way reflects this. Conference congratulated Eastern for prioritising low paid women in its organising strategy. It backed measures aimed at improving the participation of […]

Delivering on the promise of the Good Friday Agreement

The first debates of Conference rightly focussed on Northern Ireland with delegates pledging that UNISON will campaign to protect the Good Friday Agreement especially in the context of the UK exit from the EU. UNISON will also demand that the UK Government immediately fulfil its obligations to bring forward an inclusive, enforceable Bill of Rights […]

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 […]