Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in
2006 No 64 (Next issue February 2007)
Activists facing the equal pay challenge
This month saw UNISONScotland's
largest ever equal pay event, when over 120 delegates from
branches across Scotland, covering most Service Groups, attended
the Winning for All training event.
Two unions in court challenge to Falkirk
on Equal Pay
UNISON and the GMB have stepped up the campaign
for full pay equality in Scotland by issuing judicial review
proceedings against Falkirk Council.
Glasgow strike threat wins commitment
Following a successful ballot for three days
strike on 5,6,7 December, last ditch talks between UNISON
and the council lead to a decision by the branch to call off
Rally says 'Love Scotland, Hate Racism'
UNISON members, fellow trade unionists and
people representing all faiths and cultures came from all
over Scotland to take part in St Andrew's Day Anti-Racist
march in Glasgow - to send a clear message across that racism
will not be tolerated in Scotland.
Strike threat delivers better deal for
electricity retail staff
Staff at nearly 40 Scottish and Southern
Electricity shops across the North and West of Scotland have
accepted a new pay offer by the Company in a consultative
Key politicians mark UNISON Parliament
Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Health and Community
Care, and Shona Robison MSP, Opposition spokesperson on Health,
came together in a rare display of unity to speak at a UNISON
organised event during the STUC's Trade Union week at the
Best of Scottish communications showcased
The best of Scottish branches' communications
work was recognised in this year's Scottish Communications
Never too old to start learning - and
"I'm too old to start learning" "I can't do
the course" "I can't afford to learn" "I
don't have the time to do the course" These are everyday
perceptions of learning but did you know..... .
Step towards ending two-tier workforce
in NHS Scotland
Porters, cleaners and other ancillary staff
working for private contractors inside the NHS are to benefit
from the same pay and conditions as their counterparts directly
employed by health boards as a result of a deal negotiated
between UNISON and the Scottish Executive.
Young members get wild on their weekend
On a very wet and wild and windy November
weekend, a group of UNISON's young members met in Glasgow
for our twice-yearly training weekend.
Fife raises £1000 for South African
Fife branch presented £500 to Alec
Deary of the Fife Men project on World Aids Day (Friday 1
December) for the South African HIV group Wola Nani.
Scottish Black Members 2006 policy success
The Scottish Black Members Committee (SBMC)
successfully achieved all its policy objectives it set for
UNISON's public service message gets
to the heart of Labour
The final act of the autumn Scottish political
conference season was Scottish Labour in Oban. UNISON was
there pressing our message on public services, pensions, water
and equal pay.
Major football championships get UNISON
The highest profile Asian football tournament
in the UK took place in Glasgow recently and UNISON Scotland
played a major role.
New Gender Equality Duty
The Gender Equality Duty is the biggest change
in sex equality legislation in 30 years and means public authorities
must actively promote equality between men and women as part
of the new Equality Act coming into force in April 2007.
Jane goes Green
NEC member Jane Carolan went that extra step
to put UNISON's policies forward when she addressed a fringe
meeting organised by the magazine Scottish Left Review at
the Scottish Green Party Conference.
UNISON Energy merger
George from Scottish Electricity Branch and
Lindsay from Gas Branch Scotland tied the knot on Saturday
4th November in a traditional Greek