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No 63 (Next issue December 2006)
Timetable to build new Scottish pension
New phase in Scottish Local
Government Pensions campaign. A new Scottish local government
pensions deal has taken a step closer with unions and employers
set to start hammering out a timetable on 1 November.
Say no to racism - and show it
It is that time of year when we march through
the streets of Glasgow to say no to racism and fascism - and
branches are urged to not just say it but show it by turning
out in force with their banners. s.
Dawn raids slammed as UNISON issues
guidance on asylum seeker children
UNISON and the British Association of Social
Workers (BASW) have launched a guidance booklet for social
workers in Scotland. It advises on ethical practice for social
work staff dealing with asylum-seeker children.
Fourth option needed as Stirling and
Renfrewshire reject stock transfer
As we went to print, news was breaking of
Renfrewshire council house tenants' close rejection of housing
stock transfer. This followed Stirling tenants' rejection
a week earlier.
Classroom Assistants research points
to unfair pay
An Equal Opportunities Commission formal
investigation into the role and status of Classroom Assistants
in Scottish primary schools - called Valuable Assets - has
shown they were working at high levels of responsibility but
at the bottom end of pay.
Equal Pay: Biggest challenge faced by
activists and staff
Achieving equal pay across all sectors and
bargaining groups is a key priority in UNISON's objectives
for 2006. In Scotland, at this time, this priority is providing
many of us with the biggest challenge that we have faced as
UNISON activists and staff.
Water: resist the drift to privatisation
Keeping water in public hands is more efficient
and more sustainable, a special STUC water conference was
told last week.
Careers service should be returned to
James Corry, Scottish Enterprise Branch Secretary, explains,
"Our members overwhelmingly backed this option against
any of the quango options" .
Don't impose, negotiate!
Falkirk Council UNISON members have lobbied
their council and the SNP Annual Conference in Perth against
threats to tear up everyone's existing contracts and impose
new pay, grades and conditions.
'Worst' pay offer and holiday cut sparks
college strike ballot
Support staff at James Watt College of Further
and Higher Education in Greenock are to ballot for strike
action following the breakdown of pay talks.
New rules outlaw age discrimination
New laws which came into force on 1 October
will outlaw discrimination by employers on the grounds of
Communications awards are back
The Scottish Communications Awards have been
re-born after a gap of four years. Entries needed by 3
Making campaigns successful
Running a campaign looks easy until you think
of the planning, the aims, the targets, how you will involve
members, what materials you'll need and how you can get media
UNISON sponsors UK Asian Football Championships
UNISON Scotland is proud to sponsor the UK
Asian Football Championships (UKAFC) for the first time this
Palestine and Lebanon: NEC gives £5,000
for humanitarian aid
Jane Carolan reports that UNISON's National
Executive has donated £5,000 for humanitarian relief
in the Lebanon and Palestine through Medical Aid to Palestine
Scottish Black Members training marks
This year's Scottish black members training
weekend brought in new and old members to learn and organise,
to contribute to the work of UNISON Scotland - defending the
rights of its members by eliminating all forms of discrimination
at all levels, reports Ismail Donmez, Scottish Black Members
UNISON Scotland at SNP Conference
UNISON Scotland attends all conferences of
the main political parties in Scotland so we were in Perth
last week for the Scottish National Party Conference.