Tag Archives: social care

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 […]

Refuge and Asylum in Scotland – a guide for members

Asylum seekers in Scotland do not get the support services they are entitle to because of inadequate support for social workers who care for them. And, when social workers request vital services for asylum seekers they are often, wrongly, denied. UNISON Scotland and Scottish Association of Social Work have launched a legal guide Refugee and […]

Residential care homes are failing the elderly, says UNISON Scotland

That’s the message UNISON Scotland is taking to the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday) to call on politicians to support its new residential care charter. UNISON’s residential care charter seeks to put an end to the poor treatment of residents and the workers who look after them, and find solutions so dignity and respect are at […]

UNISON – rise in attacks on public service staff is ‘tip of iceberg’

Public services union UNISON Scotland has called on the Scottish Government and all public service employers to take action immediately in order to tackle the “massive scale of the problem of violence against public sector workers”. UNISON’s annual Violence at Work survey published today (Friday 20 October) reveals a further increase in reported assaults on […]

First Minister must intervene in Bield Housing decision to close 12 care homes

Bield Housing and Care, announced yesterday (11 October) that they intend to close 12 care homes in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Borders, South Lanarkshire and West Lothian by summer 2018. Some 160 elderly people, with dependent needs  including 24 hour personal care and feeding assistance, will be evicted from the place they have called home for […]

UNISON comment on UK government’s decision to extend the suspension of social care minimum wage:

UNISON is working hard, with employers across Scotland, to ensure that social care staff’s pay is compliant with the National Minimum Wage regulations. Penalties are needed to make sure unscrupulous employers abide by the law. The UK government extended amnesty is a green light for poor employers to carry on paying illegal wages without fear […]

Conference – a summary

The cloud of the tragic events in London and Manchester has hung heavy over Conference this week. The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, whatever the causes, threw into focus the reality of the divide in a Tory UK between obscene wealth and inexcusable poverty. The need to address that was reflected in policies we […]

Standing together for LGBT equality

UNISON research carried out in 2013 and recently updated has found that LGBT members have been disproportionately hit by cuts. LGBT people are facing greater financial hardship, increased marginalisation and invisibility at the same time as specialised LGBT services are slashed. UNISON will publicise the research findings as part of the union’s anti-austerity campaign focussing […]

Union must continue to support women’s right to choose

Conference agreed to call on all relevant national bodies to encourage our members to hold events to promote the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act and to raise the profile of the Abortion Rights Campaign. Speaking for the NEC, UNISON Scotland’s Davena Rankin reminded delegates that UNISON has supported a women’s right to choose […]