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Local Government Service Group Conference Brighton 15-16 June 2014

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UNISON - Speaking up for Social Work, supporting radical practice
Scotland’s Social Work Issues Group (SWIG) hosted a very successful Fringe Meeting following Local Government Conference on Sunday, entitled “Challenges for Social Workers and the art of radical social work today.”

UNISON is the union for social workers
Delegates backed a call from City of Edinburgh Branch to mount an awareness raising and recruitment campaign on the issues for members raised by the contempt of court proceedings in Scotland, and had welcomed UNISON’s actions in Scotland to protect and advise members and to press for legal changes.

Proper safeguards essential for the administration of medications in schools
Delegates applauded action in Glasgow where pupil support assistants forced the council to withdraw proposals for all PSAs to administer medications to pupils with health needs and agreed a range of measures to campaign for enforceable national standards, backed up by comprehensive guidance and training.

Build confidence for members to act on pay
As Local Government members in England and Wales await the outcome of an industrial action ballot on pay, Conference backed a wide ranging campaign to encourage members to take action for fair and decent pay... Scotland's Dougie Black, Brenda Aithchison and Kate Ramsden.

Sign up to Ethical Care and give home carers a living wage not poverty pay#uLGC14 Renfrewshire’s Brenda Aitchison brought a Scottish dimension to the Ethical Care debate as conference backed a wide ranging strategy to keep up the pressure to improve the working conditions of our members in the care sector and the quality of care to our most vulnerable citizens.

Collective bargaining 'essential to the survival of the trade union movement'#uLGC14 In an inspiring presentation Professor Keith Ewing of Kings College London yesterday called for union members to demand of the politicians seeking our vote, a commitment to renew, rebuild and restore collective bargaining structures “to raise wages and restore fairness at work.“

Give us back our employment rights
#uLGC14 UNISON will launch a Local Government Fair Employment Charter before the next general election to underpin a range of employment and human rights as delegates backed calls for a future Government to restore and improve on contractual rights

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