UNISON Scotland believes that
for too long Cooks and associated staff within the Scottish
Health Service have been drastically undervalued and under
UNISON is lodging a claim to alter this situation once
and for all and on these pages you will find a Members Campiagn
Pack along with a 'Food For Good' Charter.
UNISON is a progressive 21st century union with two thirds
of our membership being women. Equality issues are of vital
importance to UNISON members and this claim seeks to redress
the discrimination that sees a female Chefs earn less than
a male plumber does.
The NHS is potentially liable for a large number of equal
pay claims, which when taken through the Employment Tribunal
system are expensive and damaging to the organisation, staff
and morale. It makes far more sense for the employer to
work together with staff and UNISON to come to a mutually
acceptable way forward.
The vocational qualifications required today to become
a cook, the SVQ Levels 2 & 3, are at exactly the same level
as those required by a plumber. Yet the difference in pay
between the two in the NHS is stark, UNISON believes that
gender is the central factor on this with almost exclusively
male crafts being valued and rewarded higher than those
that are not.