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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 […]

UNISON slams plans for huge rises in fees for social care staff as a ‘tax on compassion’

UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, has hit out after an announcement by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to hike registration fees.  These will see annual fees rise by 66% for social care support workers and 75% for supervisors, with rises of up to 166% for the most qualified staff. The union says the […]

Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts, says UNISON report

Lack of time, resources and heavy workloads mean support staff are struggling to maintain standards for pupils in Scotland. That is the finding of a wide ranging UNISON report released today (Monday 16 January 2017) In probably one of the biggest surveys of school support staff ever in Scotland, staff report heavier workloads, jobs cuts, lack […]

Strike action set to resume in Scotland’s colleges

More disruption looms for Scotland’s colleges if employers fail to give support staff a fair deal. UNISON, the trade union for college support staff, has today (Tuesday) written to Colleges Scotland Employers’ Association and Scottish Ministers to urge a fair negotiated settlement to this long running dispute. The row centres on the pay rise for […]

More strikes announced as college support staff continue campaign for fair pay, says UNISON

College support staff across Scotland will walk out for a second time this month in an increasingly bitter pay row in the troubled further education (FE) sector. UNISON Scotland and GMB today (Tuesday) announced a further series of strike days in a bid for fair pay. The move follows strike action taken by UNISON’s further […]

Public Services and a Healthier Scotland

Tackling health inequality is one of the greatest challenges we face, says UNISON UNISON Scotland called for a fresh approach to tackling health inequality as it launched its new manifesto today (Tuesday). The manifesto – Public Services and a Healthier Scotland: tackling Scotland’s health inequalities – outlines the stark and scandalous reality of Scotland’s enduring […]

Public services are a high priority for voters, says opinion poll

UNISON has launched its Manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections calling on people to vote for who they think will invest in public services. The manifesto was launched with a Survation opinion poll showing that 72% said public services were in their top three most important election issues followed by the economy (61%) and job […]