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Focus on children not structures, says UNISON in response to Headteachers’ Charter

UNISON Scotland, the union for school support staff, says the Scottish government’s plans to create a Headteachers’ Charter is flawed and will make it harder to deliver quality education. The proposals would see headteachers taking over responsibility of staff and procurement from local authorities. Dave Watson, UNISON’s head of policy and public affairs, said: “Taking […]

Time’s up on pay discrimination says UNISON as it calls on Glasgow City Council to end equal pay dispute

UNISON Scotland is calling on Glasgow City Council to put an end to damaging and expensive legal appeals and finally pay women what they are owed. Glasgow’s City Administration Committee will meet tomorrow (Wednesday, January 17) to discuss its next move in the long-running equal pay dispute, estimated to be worth up to £500m. The […]

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 […]

Festive cheer for Glasgow’s low paid women

Around ten thousand low paid women at Glasgow city council received a large helping of festive cheer from Scotland’s top judges today. The council was today refused permission by the Court of Session to appeal against the women’s equal pay victory earlier this year. After ten years of litigation, the claimants supported by UNISON and Action […]

Investment in early years workers is vital in reducing the attainment gap of Scotland’s children

This is the message UNISON will take to the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday) as it presents its new research report into early learning and childcare. Key findings from the UNISON-commissioned report, conducted by Strathclyde University, include: **More than three quarters of early years workers (EYWs) agreed that EYWs and teachers in early learning and childcare […]

Unions suspend joint working because of Liberal Democrats

UNISON, GMB and Unite trade unions have today written to the leader and chief executive of East Dunbartonshire Council suspending partnership working following the council unilaterally cutting voluntary redundancy terms. Partnership working is the model of industrial relations that has been in place in East Dunbartonshire Council for many years. It involves unions and management […]

Scotland’s employers are failing workers who face violence at work, says UNISON

Violence at work is not ‘part of the job’ says UNISON as it launches a new health and safety guide today (Thursday). UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, says employers are failing workers in the community and voluntary sector by viewing violence at work as inevitable. The guide – It’s Not Part of the Job […]

UNISON legal victory sees employment tribunal fees scrapped

UNISON’s tribunal fee verdict is a victory for everyone in work UNISON UK press release: https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2017/07/tribunal-fees-victory/ UNISON has won a landmark court victory today (Wednesday 26 July 2017) against the government, which means that employment tribunal fees will now be scrapped. The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government […]

Building control staff are overworked, stressed and stuck in the office, says UNISON

That’s the conclusion of UNISON Scotland’s latest survey – Building Stress: a survey of building control staff – released today (Wednesday). The report is the latest in the union’s Damage series which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and the people who deliver them. The survey reveals a group […]

UNISON to ballot local government members in fight for fair pay

UNISON members have instructed their trade union to ballot 70,000 local government members across every local authority in Scotland on industrial action. The decision was announced at UNISON’s local government committee meeting today (Monday) following a consultative ballot which saw 77.6 per cent vote to reject the employers’ pay offer. Dougie Black, regional organiser for […]