Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in
2007 No 70
Budget 'efficiencies' may become cuts
25% more savings needed to balance
public service books. 'Efficiency targets without a strategy
look like budget cuts under a different name'.
Devolution - the next steps?
The Scottish Parliament belongs to the people
of Scotland and not to the political parties. Any means of
reviewing its powers must reflect that fact, says UNISON Scotland
Secretary Matt Smith.
All we want for Christmas is our pension
Around 1,000 UNISON members who are scheduled
to transfer to the new Skills Development Scotland are still
waiting to hear what is to happen to their pensions.
Free UNISON film tickets for NHS birthday'
Next year is the 60th Anniversary of the
founding of the NHS and to mark the beginning of this celebration
and also highlight UNISON's defence of NHS principles, UNISONScotland
is showing Michael Moore's film Sicko at a special free showing
at the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) starting at 5.30pm on 15
Dumfries campaign wins pull-back on cuts
A public campaign run by Dumfries and Galloway
Branch to combat major plans for cuts in services and job
losses by council officials, forced the council back from
one fateful decision last month.
Scotland stands up for its NHS
You could hear the noise of the tartan army
as Scottish Health branches took to the streets of Westminster
on the 3 November UK Demo in defence of the NHS.
Glasgow daycare back to work after winning
pay grade increase
Striking UNISON Learning and Physical Disability
daycare members in Glasgow returned to work this month after
narrowly voting to accept an offer from the Council.
East Lothian unions to consult on strike
over single status imposition
East Lothian UNISON and two other trade unions
have told East Lothian Council that they are going to run
a consultation ballot for industrial action after the Council
ignored their successful ballot to reject the single status
UNISON first for Highlands
The first Union Learning Agreement in the NHS in Scotland
was signed on 3 December in Inverness.
Pensions - key decision approaching
Following considerable detailed negotiations
between CoSLA and the trade unions agreement over the main
constituents of the new Local Government Pension Scheme, a
broad understanding has been reached on most of the outstanding
Research into Personal Assistants' conditions
A government-funded research project into
the working situation of Personal Assistants and their employers
is being run jointly by UNISON Scotland and the Scottish Personal
Assistants Employers Network (SPAEN).
'No confidence' at SEPA
A motion of 'No Confidence' in the management
of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been
passed overwhelmingly by the troubled agency's staff..
UNISON questions Board over Monklands
UNISON Lanarkshire Health Branch has submitted
a detailed paper to the Independent Scrutiny Panel (ISP) set
up by Nicola Sturgeon MSP to re-evaluate the original proposals
by NHS Lanarkshire to reconfigure accident & emergency (A&E)
services and 'downgrade' Monklands Hospital A&E - one of the
busiest in Scotland.
Signing up against violence
Eileen Dinning, UNISONScotland's Equalities
Officer signed the Statement of Intent for UNISON recently
NO SLAVERY! NO RACISM! St Andrew's Day
The annual Scottish Trades Union Congress
(STUC) St Andrew's Day event against racism and fascism took
place on 24 November in Glasgow and marked the 200th anniversary
of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade with the
theme, "No Slavery! No Racism!"
Stirling leads the way in anti-racist
Stirling leads the way in anti-racist fortnight
The recent Fortnight of Action organised by anti-racist charity,
Show Racism the Red Card, has been their most successful.
Profile high as UNISON backs Big Gay
UNISONScotland's LGBT group and our Young
Members worked closely with Glasgay! and LGBT Youth, to organise
a spectacular night in the annual Glasgay! festival.
Communications campaign winners
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Branch won
this year's Scottish Campaigns Award for their Car Parking
Charges campaign as this, the magazine and website awards
were presented at Scottish Council.
Black members: UNISON pressure brings
NEC member Sofi Taylor told the Scottish
Black Members Annual General Meeting how pressure from UNISON
on the Home Office led to interim extensions of work permits
for senior carers threatened with deportation.
An appreciation by Mike Kirby.