Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in
2007 No 69
Undervalued, underpaid but now they're
CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS' CONFERENCE
SETS OUT CAMPAIGN PLANS.
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
29 November - Reclaim the Night march