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Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in Scotland
October 2009 No 81

Public Works: we all need to do our bit
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 fight
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 on workers
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 work.

Racism shown the Red Card in Perth and Kinross
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 workers.

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 week
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 Bartter.


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