Tag Archives: Public Works

Manifesto for local government in Scotland 2017

For fairness and democracy: keep it local  Launched at UNISON Scottish council on Saturday 1 April 2017 this is the UNISON Scotland manifesto for the local government elections on 4 May 2017. Our manifesto calls for sustainable funding for local government, so it can take meaningful accountable decisions which can make a real difference to local […]

Public services are top priority for vast majority of Scottish voters, says polling

UNISON launches its manifesto for the local government elections in Scotland today, ‘For fairness and democracy: keep it local’ (1 April 2017). Its is launched with polling from Survation showing that public services are the top priority for voters (70%); followed by the economy (51%); and job security and availability (44%). According to Survation polling […]

Hard Lessons: Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts

This is a large scale survey of support staff working in schools across Scotland. It is a wide ranging report giving a clear overview of what is going on in Scottish schools. Its main finding is that support staff have lack of time, lack of resources and heavy workloads which mean they are struggling to […]

UNISON have withdrawn from negotiating table with Police Scotland

This letter to UNISON members explains why we have notified Scottish Police Authority and Police Service of Scotland that we will not participate in today’s Joint Negotiation & Consultative Committee (JNCC). Employers are refusing to table discussions on pay claims, department restructuring, police station closures and a £20m black hole in the police finances. UNISON have […]

Futures number 17 autumn/winter 2016

 Latest edition of Futures covering the Scottish government’s plans for the upcoming year, the possibilities of a new Scottish approach to taxation, the consultaitons on expanding childcare, education governance and the new Child Poverty Bill.  The Scottish government is holding consultation events across the country on planned changes to schoos and childcare governance. Details of events […]

Draft Budget 2017-18: Evidence to Scottish Parliament Local Government Committee – Oct 2016

Summary: Local government budget It is very difficult to respond to calls for evidence on a budget when there is so little information available. Our comments are therefore based on the Scottish government’s statements and published programme for government and members’ experience of recent local government budget cuts. Public expenditure in Scotland faces year-on-year real term […]

Glasgow Council IT staff make case for keeping services in house directly to councillors

Glasgow City Council IT staff facing privatisation are making the case for keeping services in house directly to councillors. IT staff union UNISON have produced a report ‘For Glasgow; By Glasgow; In Glasgow’ urging councillors to work with staff and unions to develop an in-house bid to supply services, rather than outsourcing the service to […]

Child Poverty Bill

There are currently 220,000 children living in poverty, and two-thirds of them are living in a household where someone works.[1] Many of our members are working long hours to make ends meet: struggling to pay bills or unable to afford to take up more hours because of the high costs or unavailability of child care. […]