Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists
2009 No 82
A day in the life... proving that PUBLIC
It’s your day. They’re your
public services. Tell us about it!.
Championing Public Works!
Branches queued up at December’s Scottish
Council to sign-up for the Million Voices campaign and provide
‘Public Works’ champions. .
UNISON pressing Scottish Government
to ditch 1% ‘pay cap’
UNISON has reacted angrily to the possibility
of a future 1% cap from 2010 on public sector pay and pensions,
floated in Chancellor Alistair Darling’s pre-budget report.
Awards for great communications
Branch activists won deserved recognition
in the UNISON Scotland Communications Awards at Scottish
Council on 5 December.
Three-pronged plan to defend public
services and workers
The Scottish Council meeting of UNISON
Branches last week backed a three-pronged plan to defend
public sector wages, jobs, pensions and services - under
attack from ‘all major political parties’.
NHS Choice Exercise rolled out in Health
Boards in January 2010
If you have been a member of the NHS Pension
Scheme from before 1 April 2008 and continue in active membership
to at least 1 October 2009 you will soon be offered a one-off
choice to transfer across to the 2008 Section should you
Shared services do not save money
UNISON Scotland has warned that shared
services will not necessarily save local councils money,
and indeed could cost extra money in the short term.
Local Government workers submit claim
to help low paid
Unions representing 150,000 Scottish local
council workers have lodged a claim for a one-year rise
in 2010 of 3% or £600 (whichever is the greater) - and for
all workers to be paid a living wage of at least £7.00 per
ST ANDREW’S DAY MARCH An Injury to
One is An Injury to All!
UNISON Scotland was well represented at the STUC organized
St Andrew’s Day March and Rally against Racism on November
Courses create Pathways into UNISON
Since June 2009 Gillian Bannatyne and Lynne
Duncan of Scotland’s Pay Equality Group have delivered five
Pathways training courses in Scotland and more are planned
in the New Year. The courses have been a great success in
encouraging and supporting women to get active in UNISON.
Presentations for Irene and Lily Two
stalwart UNISON activists received presentations at December’s
Scottish Council meeting. Irene Sweeney, and Lily MacNaughton.
Health awards recognise staff
“We are delighted that the Daily Record
is helping to recognise the work of our members and other
health care staff with these successful awards. We are particularly
happy that this year UNISON members were so successful."
Staff cuts threat will damage policing
UNISON has condemned threatened cuts in Strathclyde Police
staff jobs and redundancies as inefficient and discriminatory.
South Lanarkshire remembers Bhopal
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of
the Bhopal disaster, South Lanarkshire Branch laid a wreath
at their Workers’ Memorial Plaque in Hamilton.
Support President’s domestic abuse
project UNISON Scotland’s Kevin
O’Neil promoted ‘a million voices for change’ on the Trafalgar
Square Plinth last month. See the video at www.unison-scotland.org.uk/publicworks/kevinplinth.html.
People’s Charter is campaigning tool
alongside Million Voices
The People’s Charter provides a campaigning
tool to re-build credibility with the voters, the public
and our members, Scottish Convener Mike Kirby told the National
Convention of the Charter in November.
Negotiating guide for Social Work
The Social Work Issues Group are producing
a negotiating resource for branches on two key issues affecting
social care staff - Workload Management and Supervision.
Welfare Walk the Glen
UNISON Welfare Centenary Sponsored Walk
and ‘Family Fun Day’ is to be held on Sunday 23 May 2010
at Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline.