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Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in Scotland
Aug/Sept 2006 No 62 (Next issue October 2006)

We've been revitalising our public services
UNISON members show how it's done in practice. Following the launch of UNISON's Revitalise our Public Services campaign at the Scottish Parliament in May (last issue), news has reached SiU of UNISON members putting the principles into practice and delivering good public services on the ground

2.5% pay deal won for all non-medical NHS staff
UNISON Scotland has welcomed the agreement that the one year pay deal for NHS non-medical staff will apply to all Scottish staff whether or not they had been assimilated to the new 'Agenda for Change'(A4C) salary scales.

CHALLENGE X - sign up to keep the union going from strength to strength
Members are the life blood of any union, and UNISON is no different. We need to constantly recruit new members to keep our strength as an organisation. At National Conference in June a new campaign was unveiled that uses our strengths in activists and members to recruit new members. Plus My name is Rebecca. Would you like to join UNISON?

Scottish Health Awards sponsor
For the first year since its inception, UNISONScotland has agreed to sponsor one of the major Scottish health awards in the event run by the Daily Record. Get nominations in by 11 September.

PENSIONS - legal challenge, more protection and new talks
Since the suspension of the action on pensions a series of meetings have taken place between UNISON, Cosla, the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) and Officials of the Scottish Executive..

Show Racism the Red Card action weeks
The dates for this year's Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) Fortnight of Action are 17 - 30 October 2006. SRTRC will again be offering grants of up to £1,000 for local community-based initiatives..

500+ staff in Glasgow Royal return to NHS
UNISON has welcomed NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's decision to bring facilities management in Glasgow Royal Infirmary back in-house when the Sodexho contract runs out in December.

Unions call for water regulator to be sacked
Unions have called on Environment Minister Ross Finnie to sack the Chair of the Water Industry Commission, Sir Ian Byatt. This follows Sir Ian's announcement of a blueprint for the privatisation of Scottish Water .

Key role at Conference
Scotland again had a major role at UNISON National Conference in June, writes SiU Editor John Stevenson.

Nursery Nurses: National qualifications and roles welcome but why no national pay?
While welcoming the Report of the National Review of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce UNISON is disappointed with the Scottish Executive's response, in particular the refusal to contemplate national pay, despite accepting national qualifications and 'descriptions of the roles of the workforce'. .

Matt Smith turned back at Aldermaston inspection
A delegation including UNISON Scottish Secretary Matt Smith, church leaders, MSPs and a former Lord Advocate was turned back when they tried to inspect Aldermaston weapons research establishent. .

Recruiting activists in Forth Valley Health
Forth Valley Health branch have successfully recruited 6 new women activists in their branch. The branch was the first in Scotland to participate in the Pathways Programme.

Paramedic's assaulter jailed
A female paramedic who was attacked so badly whilst attending a callout that she was unable to work for six months has thanked UNISON for its support and expressed her satisfaction that the man who assaulted her received a jail sentence..

Transforming or Revitalising Public Service
Tom McCabe, the Minister for Finance and Public Services, has published his long awaited "think-piece" on the future of public services in Scotland entitled Transforming Public Services - The Next Phase of Reform..

Barbecue fires enthusiasm for Overseas Nurses
Over the summer 60 overseas healthcare workers from as far afield as Aberdeen and Edinburgh came to Glasgow to take part in the Network's Barbecue..

UNISON Welfare Challenges - Scots to the fore
No less than seven Scots members are taking part in the remaining UNISON welfare challenges for UNISON's Bucket and Spade Appeal.

Help support human rights defenders
Tom Hedley, Chair of Amnesty International UK (AI) told a recent UNISON Fife meeting that UNISON and AI can work together to prevent human rights abuses. He highlighted the cases of trade unionists who have been targeted by governments and multi-national companies for organising..

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