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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.


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UNISON Week 300 - £500 'Bonus' payment, disability history month and more ... Read our full newsletter here ...
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UNISON WEEK 299 – Autumn Statement, Period Poverty & more

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UNISON WEEK 299 - Autumn Statement, Period Poverty & more. Read our full newsletter here ...
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UNISON Week 298 – Schools are open … but clean?, NHS Pay & more

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UNISON Week 298 - Schools are open ... but clean?, NHS Pay & more. Read our full newsletter here ...
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UNISON Week 297 – Plug the gap & more

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UNISON Week 297 - our new campaign to protect public services and those who deliver them.  Read full newsletter here ...
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UNISON Week 296 – Pay Up Now, priceless children’s rights & more

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UNISON Week 296 - Pay Up Now, priceless children's rights, NHS pay up now & more. Read full newsletter here ...
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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Bill consultation

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UNISON Scotland thinks incorporation of the UNCRC into law is insufficient. For children to exercise their rights in practice requires ...
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