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Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in Scotland
May/June 2008 No 73

East Ayrshire shows way for all services with fresh, local and healthy school dinners
UNISON LAUNCHES 'FOOD FOR GOOD' CHARTER. The pioneering fresh, local and healthy school meals enjoyed by East Ayrshire children should be standard in all Scotland's schools, hospitals and prisons, UNISON said at the launch of its 'Food for Good' charter.

SEPA action starts after ballot delivers thumping majority
UNISON members working for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have started a range of disruptive action after an overwhelming ballot vote.

Local Government Pay: Rejection sparks campaign
An 80% rejection result in UNISON's local government pay consultation is to lead to a campaign and an industrial action ballot in July, Scotland's local government committee decided at their recent policy discussion.

Health pay ballot closes 6 June
Members in Scotland's NHS are being asked to vote on the pay proposals outlined in the last Scotland inUNISON in an all members' ballot from 15 May to 6 June.

Key role for Matt as UNISON maintains lead in devolution debate
UNISON's Scottish Secretary, Matt Smith, has been appointed to the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution.

UNISON Health Committee tackles Health Secretary
The Scottish Health Committee took the opportunity of their Policy Seminar recently to visit the Scottish Parliament and took part in an hour long session with Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing.

A number of new posts of Local Organiser are about to be advertised within UNISONScotland. These posts are part of the union's Organising Challenge initiative outlined to the recent Scottish Council at its April meeting.

East Dunbartonshire Action starts
Members at Hilton Depot in East Dunbartonshire Council, started strike action (along with their GMB colleagues) on 10 May after a successful ballot approved both strike action and action short of strike in the branch's campaign against the impostion of cuts in conditions as part of the single status proposals of the council.

Abandon PFI, don't tinker with it, says UNISON
MSPs have been urged to call on the Scottish Government to abandon PFI/PPP, reject the proposals to continue with so-called Non Profit Distributing (NPD) Models of PFI and its 'flagship' Scottish Futures Trust plan..

Wider investigation into Western Isles Health Board needed
UNISON has urged Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon to order a wider investigation into Western Isles Health Board, following a Scottish Parliament Audit Committee report. .

Pressure needed to bring freedom for Burmese people
The world's hearts go out just now to the Burmese people facing the tragedy of the recent cyclone and you can donate to the relief fund at www.dec.org.uk And last month, hearts went out to the Burmese people as the STUC challenged the oppression which has now come so tragically into focus



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