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Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in Scotland
December 2009 No 82

A day in the life... proving that PUBLIC WORKS
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 wish to..

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 hour..

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 28. .

Courses create Pathways into UNISON for women
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 disaster
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.


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