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Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in Scotland
October/November 2007 No 69

Undervalued, underpaid but now they're organising!

Scots set out for Westminster to stand up for NHS
Around 100 delegates from health branches across Scotland are to travel to London on 3 November to take part in a major demonstration to support the UK's NHS.

Assaults on public service staff increase to 25,000
UNISON Scotland has released new figures showing that assaults on health and local government staff over the last year have increased by over 2,000. .

UNISON members tell minister, 'Abolish hospital car parking charges'
Over 200 UNISON members and supporters joined a Glasgow & Clyde NHS Branch demonstration on 10 October at Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall against car parking charges.

Unions agree - we need £1,000 or 5% next year
The Joint Trade Unions who represent local government staff on the Scottish Joint Council, have agreed UNISON's proposals for the pay claim to be submitted next month.

Glasgow Daycare Staff strike starts
As we go to press, 200 Daycare Centre staff in Glasgow are starting indefinite strike action in a dispute about their grading following job evaluation results that could result in them losing thousands of pounds.

Local government pension response takes shape
As we go to press, work is being completed on the UNISON submission to the consultation on the new Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

UNISON shows billions being wasted on PFI and PPP
New figures compiled from official documents confirm that billions of pounds are being wasted on PFI and PPP projects in Scotland.

Nursing and Midwifery Council - UNISON success and by-election
UNISON activist Nancy Kirkland (Lothian Health) was successful last year in being elected as the alternate member for nurses in Scotland.

Highlands language training targets Polish health workers
Janette McQuiston, UNISON lifelong learning worker, reports on her work at Raigmore Hospital

Virtual success for Dumfries and Quarriers
Dumfries Health and Quarriers branches, who have membership spread over a wide area of Scotland, will be two of the 12 branches across the UK to be funded from the Union Modernisation Fund to create 'virtual branches'.

UNISON link for new UK singing sensation Amy Macdonald
Amy, whose mum is a UNISON steward, has recently taken the UK music charts by storm with her debut album 'This is the Life' smashing into the album charts at No 2, the highest new entry that week.

Mother and child 're-union' on women's committee
Davena Rankin (Secretary Glasgow Caledonian University branch) has been joined on the Committee, by her mother, Elizabeth! - Plus Womens Conference News.

Highland first council to sign learning agreement
Highland Council has become the first local council in Scotland, in signing an agreement with trade unions, to offer their staff an opportunity to access lifelong learning opportunities within the workplace.

Shared Services examples fail to fulfil promise
UNISON has warned the Scottish Government that unless 'shared services' are part of a strategy to improve public services rather than cut costs, they risk wasting public money.

Services need investment to boost economy
UNISON Scotland responded to the Chancellor's Comprehensive Spending Review by welcoming the crackdown on tax loopholes and calling for the increased investment to include money for staff, training and resources to pay fair salaries to those delivering them.

Joint work creates "The Big Gay Prom"
UNISON's LGBT group and our Young Members Committee are coming together along with outside organisations Glasgay! and LGBT Youth, to organise a spectacular night in the annual Glasgay! festival on 9 November at St Andrew's in the Square.

"No Slavery! No Racism!" - STUC St Andrew's Day Demonstration
The STUC is calling on all trade unions, civic and community groups, political parties, public authorities and the media in Scotland to support and promote the Annual St Andrew's Day Event against Racism and Fascism on Saturday 24 November.

Training success again for black members
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 Secretary.

Upcoming events
2 November - deadline for entries for Scottish Communications Awards
3 November Trident Rally
5 November - Public sector reform Conference
16-18 November - Website Design and Magazine Editing Joint school
29 November - Reclaim the Night march


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