Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in
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
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
500+ staff in Glasgow Royal return to
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
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
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
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
Transforming or Revitalising Public
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
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
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..