Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists
Campaign launched against £300million
General Secretary Dave Prentis
launched UNISON’s major ‘Public Works’ campaign at a public
services rally at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on 6 February.
I've added mine!
Aberdeenshire Branch members added their
voices for public services at ‘Public Works’ stalls set
up by the branch in Gordon House, Inverurie and Woodhill
UNISON rejects report on ‘crude productivity’
UNISON Scotland has criticised a report
published by the Nuffield Trust which claims that the NHS
in Scotland is underperforming in comparison with England.
Cuts: Real picture emerges as branches
build up for April 10
As branches gear up for the ‘stop the cuts’
demo on 10 April, the real picture of job losses was emerging
across local government in Scotland, with the major impact
of Health Service cuts set to bite next year.
Cuts threats spark recruitment boost
UNISON Scotland membership has increased
again, Scottish Organiser, John Keggie reported to the last
Home Carers kicked in teeth by private
UNISONScotland has condemned the news that
over 300 low paid Home Carers employed by Choices - Care
at Home, are to have their contracts of employment ripped
up and replaced with “zero hour” contracts, removing any
guarantees of how long, or if, they will work in any given
2010 Budget will fail to deliver for
Matt Smith, UNISON Scottish Secretary has
told the Government that the Scottish budget fails to meet
the needs of the Scottish people and is likely to threaten
the economic recovery.
Returning to learn about computers
South Lanarkshire UNISON is proud to continue
its backing for the highly successful Return to Learn IT
programme in 2010.
Domestic violence: UNISON backs bill
to give women more protection
UNISON has backed plans to give greater legal protection
and support to women experiencing domestic violence.
UNISON signs recognition deal with
Police Service Authority
UNISON has signed a recognition agreement
with the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) and fellow
trade union, Unite, which will confirm them as the unions
recognised to represent police staff working for the Authority.
Health weekend school success
A very successful weekend school for Health Branches was
held at the Apex Hotel Dundee 12-14 February.
Accounts Commission report ‘misses
It is disappointing that the Accounts Commission
seem to have missed the point again, said Dougie Black,
UNISON regional organiser, commenting on last week’s report
on Scottish Local Government.
Edinburgh calls for outsourcing halt
after care tender fiasco
In the wake of £250,000 wasted on a flawed bid to re-tender
care services for vulnerable people, UNISON’s Edinburgh
Branch has called on the Council to halt its ‘new business
model’ outsourcing plans and open up the books on its figures.
UNISON lobbies to protect women’s
UNISON’s Highland Branch has called for
talks with Inverness Women’s Aid amid fears that a review
of services will lead to job losses.
98% of childcare workers abused
That shocking figure was revealed in a Glasgow City Branch
survey of their residential childcare members about violence
at work over a twelve month period.
Scotland backs Prentis for Gen Sec
UNISON’s Scottish Regional Council has
voted to nominate current UNISON General Secretary Dave
Prentis for the forthcoming election starting in April.
New Media - a UNISON opportunity
UNISON Scotland needs to develop and promote
itself through all new media platforms and should train
activists up to use the relevant software - that’s the message
from a successful pilot one day course held in Inverness.
Scottish Water backs environment but
regulator joins enviro-sceptics
Just as the Scottish Government prioritised
the fight against climate change in Scottish Water's plans,
news emerged that regulator Sir Ian Byatt was helping a
group critical of the evidence behind climate change.
New ‘Springboard’ training for women
A new course targeted at new women activists
in UNISON Scotland has been launched.
Sackings threat withdrawn at Renfrewshire
Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd has withdrawn
threats to dismiss ex-council staff working for the organisation
unless they signed-up to a range of detrimental working
Key officers flag retirement
Matt Smith, UNISON’s Scottish Secretary
since the inception of the union, has signalled that he
intends to retire at the end of the year - with Communications
Officer Chris Bartter set to leave in May.