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UNISON is the UK’s largest health union. Over 400,000 members work for the NHS and for private contractors providing NHS services.

More than 60,000 UNISON members work in the NHS in Scotland. Our members working in the health service include nurses, student nurses, midwives, health visitors, healthcare assistants, paramedics, occupational therapists, cleaners, porters, catering staff, medical secretaries, clerical and admin staff and scientific and technical staff.

See also important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies.

How we organise – Standing up for Scotland’s health service workers

UNISON organisers and activists work together to make sure our members’ concerns are heard – whether it’s about pay, health and safety, discrimination or the future of our NHS.

UNISON represents our members working in health services in Scotland in many ways:

  • Offering help and advice at work;
  • Lobbying the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government on issues our members care about;
  • Having a strong voice on the Scottish partnership organisations, which negotiate terms and conditions issues for NHS Scotland staff;
  • Raising our members professional/local concerns or by highlighting issues that will affect all health workers at a national level.
  • Standing up for Scotland’s health service

But as well as representing our members in the workplace – UNISON cares passionately about the future of the NHS as a publicly funded service that is free at the point of delivery. The NHS is a public service we can all be proud of, and UNISON wants to keep it that way.


Coronavirus latest

UNISON disappointed with NHS interim pay award

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Expensive private sector should be last resort for COVID vaccination programme

UNISON has written to Jeane Freeman Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health today to request that she instruct health boards only ... Read More

FOI Briefing – Introducing FOI / Free Training / Scottish Public Information Forum

It is simple and straightforward for anyone to use their information rights and make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request ... Read More

UNISON launches information guide on £500 ‘bonus’ payment for health and social care workers

UNISON Scotland has today (Tuesday) launched a guide for health and social care members who have concerns over how the ... Read More

CPAG guidance on benefits and £500 bonus

This guide outlines how the £500 bonus for health and care staff affects those who receive Scottish and UK benefits ... Read More

UNISON Week 308 – Review of Adult Social Care, OneTeam2K & more

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UNISON Week 307 : Care – National Care Service & Fair Pay

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NHS Pension Update McCloud Judgement: decision announced on remedy

The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) has published a new circular which lays out the UK government’s decision on remedying ... Read More

UNISON Week 306 – Easing Covid restrictions, public sector pay policy and more

UNISON Week 306 - Easing Covid restrictions in education, public sector pay policy and more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

UNISON General Secretary calls for a fair pay settlement for all public services workers

Christina McAnea, UNISON General Secretary, interviewed on the BBC Scotland Seven by Johnny Beatie about the Scottish Government’s public sector ... Read More

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Latest briefings and submissions

FOI Briefing – Introducing FOI / Free Training / Scottish Public Information Forum

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It is simple and straightforward for anyone to use their information rights and make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request ...
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CPAG guidance on benefits and £500 bonus

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This guide outlines how the £500 bonus for health and care staff affects those who receive Scottish and UK benefits ...
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UNISON Week 308 – Review of Adult Social Care, OneTeam2K & more

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UNISON Week 308 - Review of Adult Social Care, OneTeam2K & more Read full newsletter here ...
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UNISON Week 307 : Care – National Care Service & Fair Pay

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UNISON Week 307 : Care - National Care Service & Fair Pay, Heart UNISON Week and more. Read full newsletter ...
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NHS Pension Update McCloud Judgement: decision announced on remedy

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The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) has published a new circular which lays out the UK government’s decision on remedying ...
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UNISON Week 306 – Easing Covid restrictions, public sector pay policy and more

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UNISON Week 306 - Easing Covid restrictions in education, public sector pay policy and more. Read full newsletter here ...
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