Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists
2010 No 86
ORGANISE! Building links as union gears
up to fight attacks
Organisation is the key as UNISON
Scotland sets out plans to fight the biggest attacks we
have seen on public services, jobs, pay and pensions in
the months ahead.
Matching resources to tasks facing
The UNISON Scottish Committee seminar on
30/31 August will plan how to translate national policies
into practical action.
BUSTING THE CUTS MYTHS: THERE IS AN
As even the Scottish Chambers of Commerce
are saying businesses expect public sector cuts will ‘dampen’
the economy, it is time to question again the ideology that
has the media conned into believing there is no alternative.
Educate, agitate and organise
SCOTLAND PLAYS MAJOR ROLE AS NATIONAL CONFERENCE
SETS OUT POLICIES TO DEFEND PUBLIC SERVICES.
We said 11 years ago PFI was a bad
deal - at last they’ve got it
An Edinburgh Evening News ‘exclusive’ on
21 July 2010 says its investigation has found that the NHS
will have to pay a total of £1.26 billion for the privately
built Edinburgh Royal Infirmary - and still not own it -
just 11 years after UNISON revealed this!
Unions to call Acas into Glasgow Life
Glasgow City UNISON and other unions in
the city’s culture and leisure body have agreed to approach
the arbitration service Acas in a bid to resolve a long
running dispute over cuts to pay and conditions.
Protest over increments forces Aberdeen
UNISON negotiators are back in talks with
Aberdeen City Council after a campaign of protest forced
the employers to step back from their plan to defer pay
Scottish Power and Accenture in offshoring
UNISON’s Scottish Electricity branch has
urged ScottishPower and the IT systems company Accenture
to reconsider their strategy of making 200 staff redundant
in Scotland and the rest of the UK, and moving their work
Nominate for public sector awards
It’s time to get nominating for two sets of public sector
awards sponsored by UNISON Scotland.
Matt appointed to human rights job
UNISON Scottish Secretary Matt Smith has
been appointed a part time member of the Scottish Human
Rights Commission, the body created to promote and protect
human rights in Scotland.
UNISON over the rainbow at Pride Glasgow
The sun broke through some early showers and the rainbow
flag flew over the City Chambers as UNISON Scotland LGBT
Committee members took part in this year’s Pride Glasgow
event on Saturday 17 July, reports Elaine Duffy.
UNISON - Standing up for social care
Scotland’s Social Work Issues Group (SWIG)
has taken a key role in highlighting the issues which face
our members in social work and social care and in moving
social care up the political agenda both in Scotland and
across the UK.
Frontline police in Strathclyde doing
UNISON Strathclyde Police & Fire Branch has revealed that
police officers in the force are doing staff jobs instead
of frontline duties, even as further staff job cuts are
Backing for climate science
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is urging
members to help promote the facts on climate science.
We walked the glen and raised thousands
for UNISON Welfare
The centenary ‘Walk the Glen’ fundraiser for UNISON Welfare
was a huge success in May as members, family and friends
descended on Dunfermline’s beautiful Pittencrieff Park.
Lothian Health launches anti-racist
Lothian Health Branch has joined with “Show
Racism the Red Card” (SRTRC) to launch a series of workplace
sessions aimed at combating racism at work.
New look UNISON Scotland women’s pages
Liz Mackay has taken on the role of providing
information for the website’s Women’s Committee section
and the pages have now been updated and redesigned.
UNISON Kinneil Band Book:
UNISON Kinneil Band has published a book
‘150 years of music’.