Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists
2010 No 88
It’s time to turn despair into anger
It is time to turn the despair
of assaults on public services into anger, UNISON General
Secretary Dave Prentis told Scottish branches on 4 December
as he announced a £10 million fighting fund to take the
Lobby your MP to fight the pensions
UNISON is urging members to fight the Government’s
plan to revalue state benefits and public sector pensions
by the Consumer Price Index rather than the Retail Price
Index. The CPI is generally 0.8% per annum less than the
Tell a pal - an tell an MSP
There is a real alternative to cuts in
public services but we need to spread the word and get as
many people contacting their MSPs as possible. .
It’s all change at the top for UNISON
Mike Kirby, Scotland’s leading lay activist,
formally took over from Matt Smith as Scotland’s lead full
time official this month.
End of an era as Matt moves on
Scottish Secretary, Matt Smith, who leaves
UNISON at the end of 2010, has been the union’s leading
figure in Scotland since merger in 1993.
Staff not protected at work
An annual survey of violence at work by
UNISON Scotland has revealed an increase of over 3,000 assaults
when compared with last year.
UNISON welcomes West Dunbarton ‘living
UNISON Scotland has warmly welcomed an
announcement by West Dunbartonshire Council to introduce
a Living Wage for its staff.
Awards recognise public service workers
As the public sector comes more and more
under attack, two sets of awards, backed by UNISON, have
recognised the excellent work of public service staff.
Cutting police staff will take officers
off the street
UNISON Scotland has issued a stark warning to MSPs – cut
police staff and you cut frontline services.
Social Work College deal
UNISON and the College of Social Work in
England have signed up in principle for the union to represent
College members, with the College providing professional
advice services to social workers in UNISON.
Snow: Public service workers at their
As extreme snow conditions hit hard, public service workers
across the country have as usual responded above and beyond
Campaign skills festival huge success
Over 100 activists, staff and community
activists from across Scotland took part in UNISON Scotland’s
‘Mobilise’ campaigning festival at the STUC in Glasgow last
Hospital parking fees ‘a tax on sick’
Marie tells TUC
Hospital car parking charges are ‘a tax on the sick’ Marie
Garrity, chair of NHS Glasgow, Clyde and CVS Branch, told
the TUC Congress in September.
UNISON member’s world-beating daughter
UNISON member Carmel Miley, from the Aberdeenshire
Branch, has good reason to be very proud of her daughter,
Hannah. In October, the 21 year old swimmer became the first
Scottish woman to take gold in the 400m individual medley
at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Showing Racism the Red Card in supporters
Such a success has UNISON Stirling’s sponsorship of two
‘Young Reds’ under 10s teams been, that it has added a third.
Equalities at the heart of the union
Over the last few years UNISON has focused
on Equal Pay. The time is now right to look at the equality
strands as a whole. To help with this branches need specific
resources to campaign on equalities issues and in particular
Learning leads to a Better Way
Look out for Phillipa Clark’s report in
the next issue on learning initiatives in the Highlands,
promoting the STUC ‘Better Way’ campaign.
Scotland wide anti-cuts alliance?
A very positive meeting of anti-cuts campaigns
and trade unionists took place in Glasgow on Saturday 6
Grum’s on the NEC
UNISON Scotland young member and Lothian
Health Branch member Graham (Grum) Smith has been elected
to the Young Member’s seat on the union’s top body, the
National Executive Council.