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Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in Scotland
May/June 2007 No 67

New Executive brings new opportunities - and challenges
LOCAL AND PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS: SCOTLAND DECIDES - WELL ALMOST...The outcome of the recent Scottish Elections has major implications for UNISON in Scotland, says Matt Smith, UNISON's Scottish Secretary.

New ballot as Quarriers strike action pays off
The first ever day of strike action in Quarriers - one of Scotland's largest social care charities - has paid off with management coming up with an improved offer.

Health seminar sets agenda
UNISONScotland health activists gathered on the weekend of the 5 and 6 May for two days policy discussion centred around change in political landscape - setting UNISON's agenda for next year.

Health equal pay claims - next steps taken as training arranged for June
The level of potential equal pay/back pay claims in the NHS in Scotland was a major issue at the Scottish Health Policy Seminar earlier this month..

Let Larbert hospital be the last PFI
The PFI deal for the new Larbert Hospital was only signed the week before the Scottish Parliament Elections. The costs of that project have already increased by 50% from the £200 million in the outline business case to £300 million by October 2006. .

Anti racist campaigning keeps BNP vote low in Scotland
A further key element of UNISON's Election Campaign was to continue our anti-racist campaigning, targeting the BNP to maximise the vote against them and to try and stop their politics of hatred gaining a foothold here..

Back to school for South Lanarkshire union activists
South Lanarkshire UNISON activists, Tom Clark, Loraine Barkley, and Charlie McLeish have been taking Unions into Schools, raising young people's awareness of the role that trade unions will have to play in their future working lives. .

93% strike vote beats trust attempt to tear up conditions
Attempts by Renfrewshire Leisure Limited (RLL) to unilaterally tear up terms and conditions on overtime, travel costs and dealing with detriment have been stopped by a massive 92.9% consultative strike vote by UNISON members.

Scottish power members 'green up' workplace
Members of UNISON's Scottish Power branch are involved in greening up one of their workplaces.

Hope that Classroom Assistants will get strong backing from report
Hopes are rising that an influential report due out later this month will prove to be a valuable resource in UNISON's fight for equal pay for classroom assistants in Scotland.

Stirling branch in Belarus link
UNISON members and the UNISON branch in Stirling are combining to ensure that one of its members can carry on the valuable work he has been doing for children in Belarus.

Charter for care staff employed through 'direct payments'
UNISONScotland has agreed a landmark joint statement setting out its position on direct payments with a number of key Scottish disabled people's organisations. .

British Sign Language course in Stornoway
Eight staff in the Western Isles from the Council and NCH Scotland have taken part in a five day course covering Introduction to BSL and BSL at School, College or Work.

Social work staff should get credit, not constant criticism
Social work staff in Scotland should get credit for their excellent work to support the most vulnerable people in our society, instead of constant criticism in the press and media, UNISON tells Holyrood Conference.

Running the Race for Life
Four members of UNISON's Inverness Resource Centre staff completed the Race for Life 5K held on Sunday 13 May in Inverness, writes Jane Atkinson.


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