Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists
Local government settlement:
Cuts this year but even more pain to follow next
The spectacular U-turn of the
Scottish Government in abandoning their plans to introduce
a nationally-set income tax to fund part of local government
has largely overshadowed reporting of funding for Scotland’s
Huge support for Community Service
Twenty-one Glasgow Community Service members
are now in their seventh week of strike and still the Council
50 frontline jobs at risk in Stirling
As SiU went to press, it was revealed
that plans to close residential homes in Stirling as a result
of a budget overspend could result in the loss of 50 frontline
Strikes target global companies - not
How long before public services are attacked
by Euro laws that undermine conditions? UNISON’s Policy
Chair JANE CAROLAN explains.
Call for water regulator to be sacked
Following further revelations in the Sunday
Herald of the pro-privatisation links of the Chair of the
Water Industry Commission, Sir Ian Byatt, and his denial
of the impact of human activity on Climate Change, UNISON
has renewed its call for him to be sacked.
UNISON pledges support for Paul Martin's
Bill to abolish hospital parking charges
Labour MSP Paul Martin is launching a members’
Bill to scrap all charges in NHS car parks.
Parliament lobby for community and
A Parliamentary Petition launched by UNISON,
UNITE, the STUC, Community Care Providers Scotland and Scottish
Council for Voluntary Organisations looks set to be heard
on 17 March. As part of the joint “Fair Funding for the
Voluntary Sector” pact, UNISON is planning a lobby and other
events that day.
Highland home carers win pay deal by
Home carers in the Highland Branch have
won significant gains in pay and conditions by getting organised
and reconnecting with the branch. .
UNISON backs Gaza Medical Aid Appeal
UNISON’s Scottish Council is to donate to Medical Aid for
Palestinians' Gaza appeal, and is calling on branches to
do likewise. And it condemned the BBC and Sky for not airing
the Disasters Emergency Committee Gaza Appeal.
Meeting slams ‘vitriolic’ attacks
on social worker
UNISON’s Scottish Council of Branches slammed
recent media reports on a so-called ‘gay adoption’ case
and the vitriolic attacks on an individual social worker.
See The Age of Stupid and help to
save the planet
It’s not often that we get the chance
to help change the world from a cinema seat… But in March
- and potentially for the rest of the year - watching The
Age of Stupid could give us all that exciting, campaigning
Lobby MSPs for Scotland to lead the
world on climate change
This year is a crucial one on climate change
and UNISON activists are being asked to lobby MSPs for a
strong Bill. .
New courses from Learning and Organising
The new course programme for 2009/10 has
now gone out to branches and is on the website at www.unison-scotland.org.uk/education.
Moray fights back against TaxPayers’
Alliance ‘generating puff’
The Herald newspaper ran a cracking story
recently about Moray Council coming out out fighting against
the TaxPayers’ Alliance (a right wing tory think tank).
Further Education - return to national
Welcoming the Scottish Government intention
to consult on a possible return to national bargaining in
further education, UNISON is re-organising its structure
to involve members in the campaign.
Eight point plan to tackle child protection
‘ticking time bomb’
A UNISON survey shows that without decisive
action, it is only a matter of time before there is another
Baby P tragedy.
Young Members’ training leads to Skillseekers
It really does go to show that like-for-like
recruiting works and that with the support of your Branch
young members’ officers can make a huge difference, reports
Achieving Dreams, Celebrating Success
The UNISON National Black Members’ Conference
took place during the weekend of 16 January in Bristol.
Disabled members publish action plan
UNISON Scotland’s Disabled Members’ Committee
wants to engage with all Branches in Scotland to publicise
their action plan for the coming year.