Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in
2008 No 71
Local Government: Call for YES vote to
new Pension Scheme
All UNISON members who are conditioned
to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) are to be balloted
in the next few weeks on the introduction of a new scheme
from April 2009. And UNISON negotiators are recommending a
YES vote for what is seen as a significantly improved scheme,
negotiated during a period of increasing pressure on all pension
Privatisation threat to Glasgow's occupational
UNISON has condemned plans by NHS Glasgow
and Clyde to sell off their staff Occupation Health services
to private sector company Capita.
Local Government Pay - members key in
An offer from the Scottish employers to this
year's local government pay claim, has been rejected by UNISON
and the other local government trade unions.
Sharing services won't deliver savings
to meet Government targets
UNISON's Matt Smith has visited the Scottish
Parliament to tell MSPs that relying on sharing services to
save money in the public sector will not work. .
Unprecedented Argyll & Bute action delivers
A series of all-out strikes, selective action
and working to rule has led to Argyll & Bute Council offering
a new set of proposals addressing many staff concerns over
the Single Status conditions the council originally proposed.
East Lothian moves to ballot
As we were going to press, news was beginning
to come through of an industrial action ballot in East Lothian
Council over conditions.
Members will decide on Aberdeen Single
Aberdeen City UNISON has reinforced the message
that its members will decide, by postal ballot, whether Aberdeen
City Council's latest proposals to implement Single Status
are acceptable or not.
Transport Scotland botched contract means
uncertainty for pensions
The failure of Transport Scotland to recognise
that they needed to stipulate an equivalent pension be provided
to staff transferring to the private sector may lead to a
large financial compensation claim or to an expensive variation
of the contract .
Conference challenge to protect Asylum
UNISON Scotland's campaigning work to promote the rights and
welfare of asylum seeker children, started in 2006, has culminated
in a UK campaign and conference aimed at challenging the UK
Government to lift its reservation on the United Nations Convention
on the Rights of the Child.
Hopes dashed as Scottish Government opts
Hopes that the Scottish Government would
provide a genuine alternative to the scandal of PFI/PPP were
dashed when plans for the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) were
unveiled in December.
NHS 60th Anniversary opens with 'Sicko'
Over 250 people crammed into Glasgow's Film
Theatre in mid January to take advantage of UNISONScotland's
free offer to watch Michael Moore's latest film 'Sicko'.
President calls for more anti-racist
The UK president of UNISON has called on
Scottish branches to build on the work the union does in combating
racism across the UK. .
National Black Members' Conference success
Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish Convenor, successfully
led a team of UNISON Scotland officers and black members to
play host to the 2008 National Black Members' Conference in
January in Glasgow.
Voluntary sector campaign
UNISON Scotland has joined with the STUC,
the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, TGWU/ Unite
and Community Care Providers, Scotland, in a joint campaign
to secure a fair playing field for the voluntary sector.
Look out for new training courses
A new package of UNISON Scotland Learning
and Organising courses was about to be published as we went