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Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in Scotland
April/May 2008 No 72

PAY! Health ballots as Local Government consults
Health: UNISON is to ballot half a million health workers on whether they want to accept or reject a multi year pay offer Local Govt: Make sure your voice is heard as local government branches consult members in the coming month on the employers' final three year pay offer

Pension victory for local government workers
The new Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) has been endorsed by members by a overwhelming 25 to 1 ballot majority.

Happy birthday Nelson!
An offer from the Scottish employers to this year's local government pay claim, has been rejected by UNISON and the other local government trade unions.

Staff from first Scottish Health PFI make welcome return to NHS
Staff whose jobs were privatised back in 1998 after the then Tory government introduced the controversial Private Finance Initiative, have returned to working for the NHS in Stonehaven.

Classroom Assistants campaign wins STUC award
Campaigning for equality and fair pay for low paid classroom assistants has paid off in Dumfries - in more ways than one!

Scottish Labour hears UNISON policies first hand
A busy weekend in Aviemore saw UNISON delegates to the Scottish Labour Party Conference intervening in a range of debates to flag up important UNISON policy issues - both on the conference floor, and at a wide range of fringe meetings.

Trade unions step up action on climate change
Unions stepped up action on climate change as UNISON's Matt Smith, Dave Watson and other staff and activists attended the STUC's 'Climate Change and the Scottish Workplace' Conference in Glasgow.

Scotland needs a strong Climate Change Bill: You can 'click' your MSP to deliver it
One click on the UNISON Scotland green workplace website allows people to send a message to their MSP backing the four key 'asks' for the proposed Bill.

New branch breaks new disability ground
One of UNISON Scotland's newest branches is setting the trend with a ground-breaking agreement to deliver disability leave for their members, which starts this month.

Young Members and LGBT to deliver another UNISON first?
UNISON Scotland's Young Members' and LGBT committees are working jointly to achieve the Charter Mark awarded by LGBT Youth Scotland.

Back Kirsten for LEPRA cycle ride
Edinburgh Branch's Kirsten Hey is taking part in the Edinburgh to St Andrews Cycle Ride on 21 June to raise money for LEPRA and would really welcome your support.

South Lanarkshire joint event brings new young members
A Young Worker's Event in South Lanarkshire this March was an all out success, recruiting 18 young members into the local UNISON branch, and also helping to encourage existing members to take a more active role in the union's activities.

Remember the dead and fight for the living
April 28 is Workers Memorial Day. UNISON at UK level is campaigning for government recognition of the Day and here in Scotland UNISON member Cathy Peattie MSP is tabling a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling on MSPs to support WMD. .

Campaigning can now be delivered direct to branches
A successful pilot campaigning course in Shetland is to lead to Branches all being offered the chance to run the course over one or two days.

Overseas Nurses Network research points to importance of trade unions
Trade unions must support migrant workers. Migrants are willing to integrate however we as a society must not put up barriers to stop this process.

Caroline 'a member's person' retires
Respected UNISON activist Caroline Llewellyn has announced her retirement as a Centre Supervisor from North Lanarkshire Council. This means she as also standing down as Branch Secretary.


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