Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists
2009 No 81
Public Works: we all need to do our
UNISON Scotland has launched
its ‘Public Works’ campaign with the message that public
service cuts will increase costs for ordinary families and
will delay economic recovery.
Give the 'Jobs, Justice, Climate' message
to world leaders
On Saturday 7 November in St Andrews, hundreds
of people from a massive coalition of organisations will
be urging G20 ministers meeting there to accept that business
as usual is not an option.
PUBLIC WORKS: takes on the political
In the wake of the high profile visits
to the Labour and Tory Conferences by the million voices
for change, Public Works has begun to take the message to
the political world in Scotland.
THE WAVE - Glasgow 5 December
The Wave on Saturday 5 December, in Glasgow,
will be the biggest climate change demonstration Scotland
has ever seen.
UNISON calls for action to reduce assaults
UNISON Scotland has called for decisive
action from public sector employers and the Scottish Parliament
to reduce violent assaults on members in the course of their
Racism shown the Red Card in Perth
Free St Johnstone squad posters are to
be handed out to Saints supporters before the club's home
game against Rangers as part of the Show Racism the Red
Card Fortnight of Action.
Glasgow college nursery closure back
on as management breaks promises
UNISON has accused the management of Glasgow
College of Nautical Studies of bad faith and breaking promises
as it emerged that the college plans to close its Thistle
Street nursery in July 2010, with the loss of 54 places
and 19 jobs – using compulsory redundancies.
Voluntary work with children threatened
as government cuts disclosure agency
Staff at a body set up after the Dunblane
massacre face the sack as government funding is to be cut
to less than half that needed.
Education support staff conference
to be held in Edinburgh
UNISON's Education Issues group has arranged a conference
for education support staff to take place in Friday 30 October
2009 in the Barceló Edinburgh Carlton, North Bridge, Edinburgh.
As election looms can we remember
how bad it was before?
OPINION: SiU editor John Stevenson warns
that who wins the election will be critical for public service
Robert's credit union goes national
A credit union started by a UNISON
branch secretary in one branch, has just gone national!
Black workers meet MSPs in trade union
The STUC Trade Union Week event ‘One Scotland?
Representation and Participation of Black Workers’, chaired
by UNISON’s Sofi Taylor and organised by Migrant Rights
Network, STUC UNISON and UNISON Overseas Nurses Network
saw over 30 Black members taking part.
UNISON’s Mae Stewart becomes author!
Dundee Retired Member Mae Stewart writes and produces the
UNISON Scotland Retired Members' Information web pages.
If that wasn't enough to keep her busy, she has now published
a book, launched last month at Waterstones in Dundee.
Political fund review under way
UNISON’s consultation for the review of
the political fund effectiveness is under way. Branches
and other union bodies are being asked to feed in views
by Friday 13 November. See www.unison.org.uk/fundreview.
Kevin on the Plinth
UNISON Scotland’s Kevin O’Neil promoted ‘a million voices
for change’ on the Trafalgar Square Plinth last month. See
the video at www.unison-scotland.org.uk/publicworks/kevinplinth.html.
Bill didn't just inhabit the Scottish
political world - he bestrode it
Bill Speirs - 1952 -2009 a tribute by Chris