Tag Archives: Scottish Parliament

UNISON lobby Scottish Parliament to call for fair funding for Scotland’s councils

Scotland’s largest trade union will join with other public service unions tomorrow (Thursday) to call for an end to public service cuts. The lobby takes place on the day the Scottish Government delivers its draft budget for 2017/18. Local government has taken the brunt of cuts in Scotland, with Scottish Government funding falling by £186m […]

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 […]

Response on Public Petition PE1605 – Whistleblowing in the NHS

Response on Public Petition PE1605 – Whistleblowing in the NHS Public Petition PE1605, submitted in March 2016, is entitled ‘Independent national whistleblower hotline for NHS Scotland’. The petition: Calls on the Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to establish an independent national whistleblower hotline for NHS staff to replace the current helpline. It would differ in […]

A Scottish approach to taxation: UNISON Scotland Submission to Scottish Parliament Finance Committee Inquiry – Sep 2016

A Scottish approach to taxation: UNISON Scotland’s Submission to the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee Inquiry – Sep 2016 PDF UNISON is the largest trade union in Scottish public services. Our members deliver services, pay taxes and also have a wider citizenship interest in how services are provided and paid for. We therefore welcome the opportunity 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. […]

Futures:for people who care about public services Summer 2016

 Issue 16 contains our latest research paper detailing why Scotland needs “an urgent exit form austerity”, update on the Scottish Government’s new powers and their plans for childcare and council tax reform

Campaign resources for influencers

UNISON campaigns and bargaining team are publishing policy and research materials on our new website to support your campaigning for the 2016 Scottish Parliament Election. So far, we have published the Police Manifesto and Early Learning and Childcare Manifesto. These summarise UNISON policy and include questions for candidates. Other campaigns materials will follow. We will […]

Climate Day – Trade Unions call for a low carbon Scotland – #STUC2016 Fringe

UNISON Scotland and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Fringe Meeting at the STUC Congress in Dundee, Monday 18 April. See also the SCCS Holyrood Election Online Debate, 7-8.30pm Mon 18 April. Speaker info/Links on flyer. 12.30pm Monday 18 April Conference Room 2, City Chambers, Dundee Lunch and refreshments provided Speakers: Stephen Boyd, STUC Cheryl Gedling, PCS, Mike […]

UNISON Scotland backs higher education reform bill

  UNISON welcomes Scottish Government proposals to give unions a seat on university courts because it will improve participation in decision making and ultimately improve the lives of students in Scotland. The proposals are included in the Higher Education Governance Bill. The Scottish Parliament is holding the third reading of the bill today (Tuesday 8 […]

UNISON lobbying Scottish Parliament for fair funding for local services

Scotland’s largest trade union will lobby the Scottish Parliament on budget day (1pm, Wednesday 24 February 2016) to call for a fair funding settlement for local services. Local government has taken the brunt of cuts in Scotland. Scottish Government funding is down by 0.8%. Yet funding for local government is down by 4.5%. This is […]