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December 2004 No 52 (Next issue Feb 2005)  

Don't silence your union - vote YES
Early in 2005 all UNISON members will be balloted on whether they want to keep our unique political fund. UNISON is legally bound to do this every 10 years and we will be arguing strongly that members should vote YES.. more...>

  Leaders slam political decisions on pensions
Government proposals that could severely damage the pensions of UNISON members have been roundly criticised by the General Secretary, UNISON's National President and Matt Smith. .

A happy OT means patients benefit
Must have been a good Occupational Therapists' seminar by the look of the smiles on OT stewards from around the UK at a recent UNISON National OT Stewards' Seminar ..more...>
Make sure you vote!
UNISONScotland has nominated current General Secretary Dave Prentis in the election due to start on 25 January. . more...>
Political campaign sparks victory for criminal justice social work

Staff working for Scotland's social work services welcomed the Scottish Executive move away from setting up a mammoth 'single correctional agency' . ...more...> 

Local government pay deal at last
All the local government trade unions have now agreed to the Scottish Local Government Employers final pay offer of 2.95% from April 2004 plus 2.95% from April 2005.
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Staff have no confidence in Careers Scotland management
A staff survey paints a bleak picture of the confidence and morale of staff working for the Scottish Enterprise attached Careers Scotland. . more...>

  UNISON appeal win means employers must promote deaf awareness
UNISON member Elizabeth Simpson struck a major blow for the rights of deaf workers with a recent decision of the Scottish Employment Appeal tribunal. .more...> 

Jobs and services threatened by grant limits and PFI subsidies
UNISON has warned that the tight grant settlements for local councils could lead to cuts in local services and councils failing to deal with key staff shortages. . more...>
Hospital futures in public debate

THE future of hospitals in Scotland is under the spotlight as a group set up by the Scottish Executive begin their meetings in public. And UNISON will be putting forward our views. . more...>
'Concerted' effort to encourage involvement

Pat Rowland - UNISON's Scottish Treasurer attended a concert by UNISON's sponsored Band (the former Kinneil Colliery Band) when she discovered that no-one from UNISON attended their concerts. . more...>

Citty wins prestigious STUC award
UNISON's CITTY FINLAYSON has been awarded the STUC Womens' Committee's MERITORIOUS AWARD. Here Eileen Dinning does a brief 'This is Your Life' . more...>

  Unions for Cuba Conference
Last month saw 200 and more British trade unionists gather in London for the 2nd Unions for Cuba conference. UNISON was particularly well represented, and had funded the conference through the General Political fund. more> 

Giving Buttiglione the Boot
UNISON joined the successful protest against the Rocco Buttiglione's nomination as EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security.. more...>

Palestine - time to act on the real message of Christmas
'Greetings from the Holy City of Jerusalem', read the Christmas card to us from Mohammad Aruri of the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions (PGFTU).

A message of peace from a far from peaceful part of the world. A message of hope at a time of despair for Palestinians. And a message of respect for other's traditions, religions and cultures that is tragically missing at home and abroad.. . more...>

Tony Gault

An appreciation by By John Gallacher - Regional Officer . more...>

Published by UNISON Scottish Council, 14 West Campbell Street, Glasgow G2 6RX. Editor John Stevenson
© UNISON Scotland 1998-2003


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