Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in
2007 No 65 (Next issue April 2007 - STUC Special)
Campaign for public services, environment
UNISON gears up for council
and parliament elections. The forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary
and Local Government elections will see a UNISON campaign
which will concentrate on the work our members do in delivering
Help UNISON put the environment on the
Can you help UNISON Scotland to promote environmental
policies during the Scottish election campaign by having your
efforts featured in a mini manifesto highlighting the excellent
work our members do?
Sharing public services may threaten
UNISON's Scottish Council has warned that
the Scottish Executive's 'shared services agenda' may take
services away from local control.
'Pseudo-charity' threat to Glasgow's
culture and leisure services
Outsourcing Glasgow's Cultural and Leisure
is likely to prove an election issue. Glasgow City Council
is proposing to transfer nearly 2,500 staff working in Glasgow's
libraries, museums, leisure centres, swimming pools and other
sports facilities, and arts development to a private charitable
trust, in order to avoid paying tax and business rates.
It's time to 'Get Equal!' at the parliament
Arrangements are now under way for UNISON
Scotland's activists to spell out their message on equal pay
and mark International Women's Day by holding a "Time
to Get Equal" event/lobby at the Scottish Parliament
on Thursday 8 March.
Water - Why 'Mutualisation' = Privatisation
by any other name
The recent 'conversion' of Environment Minister,
Ross Finnie to the CBI and Tory policy of so-called 'mutualisation'
of Scottish Water is a worrying trend.
Recruitment success prompts targeting
Consistently good overall recruitment figures
for the last year have prompted UNISONScotland to target areas
of concern in particular workplaces in the spring of 2007.
Health Boards still not addressing need
for nurses' flexible working
While Audit Scotland's reported increase in the use of bank
nurses instead of agency nurses was a step in the right direction,
UNISON says it did not answer the question of why nurses chose
to work through either of these arrangements rather than in
Seminar gets down to business on new-look
Local Government Pension Scheme
Discussions are well under way on the new-look
Local Government Pension Scheme and branches were briefed
at a seminar in Glasgow on 13 February. .
Public service workers are service users
UNISON Scottish Secretary Matt Smith has
called for politicians and the media to stop creating a false
division between public service workers and service users.
£60,000 award at troubled college
A kitchen assistant who fell after being
distracted by a faulty hot drinks machine has been awarded
more than £60,000 in compensation. .
Culture Bill consultation
UNISON is seeking comments from members working
in the Culture sector on the Executive's new Culture Bill,
and the accompanying guidance document. .
Dundee UNISON crosses the border to
Show Racism the Red Card
Busloads of UNISON members from Tayside will
soon be heading for England to play a friendly football match
against UNISON Carlisle in a bid to Show Racism the Red Card
Following the successful launch of "child's
welfare paramount?", a guide for members working with
asylum seeker children, UNISON Scotland will give evidence
to the Independent Asylum Commission review of asylum in the
Welcome for UNISON's largest health
Matt Smith, UNISON's Scottish Secretary,
has welcomed the election of Branch Officers in NHS Greater
Glasgow and Clyde branch and the return of the administration
of the branch to officials elected by the membership. .
Back the Simclar workers appeal
A "justice" fund account has been
opened to receive donations to the Simclar Ayrshire workers.
Young members' training and AGM
The Scottish Young Members' Committee (SYMC)
will be holding its AGM & training weekend from Friday 23
March to Sunday 25 March in Glasgow. .
A video celebrating trade union legend Michael
McGahey and the unveiling of his statue at Midlothian Workers
Memorial Day will be available at UNISON's Scottish Council