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Edinburgh fights cuts and redundancies
Almost 8,000 UNISON members delivering
services for the City of Edinburgh Council walked out on strike
on Thursday 23 August against cuts and redundancies. Selective
action and boycotts were set to follow.
Glasgow strike gains fair grade for social
After 20 days of all out indefinite strike,
over 600 Glasgow social care workers have won a clear victory
in their dispute with the city council.
NHS pay ballot
Ballot papers for the revised NHS pay offer
are now out and must be back by 13 September. UNISON's Health
Executive believes the offer is the best that can be achieved
through negotiation. wing a successful ballot for three days
strike on 5,6,7 December, last ditch talks between UNISON
and the council lead to a decision by the branch to call off
Local Government pensions - time to have
The Scottish Government has announced the
opening of the consultation period on proposals to develop
a new pension scheme for those who are members of the Local
Government scheme. N members, fellow trade unionists and people
representing all faiths and cultures came from all over Scotland
to take part in St Andrew's Day Anti-Racist march in Glasgow
- to send a clear message across that racism will not be tolerated
One year claim £1,000 or 5%
The shape of the claim for a pay rise for
Local Government staff in Scotland became clearer as the Local
Government Committee agreed to press for a one year claim
of £1,000 or 5% - whichever was the greater.
Engaging with Government to back our
UNISON has been busy in the parliamentary
recess, pursuing members' concerns and issues impacting on
Scottish public services with the new Scottish Government.
EOC report calls for fair pay for classroom
The publication of the EOC's Formal Investigation
into the role and status of Scotland's Classroom and Learning
Assistants (CLAs) was an important step forward towards justice.
Literacies for Social Care and Health
As many as one in five workers in Scotland may be struggling
with literacy and numeracy. For some of these workers, building
confidence in their writing, number and reading skills may
be the first step they want to take.
Stand up and speak out against poverty
Dave Watson (Scottish Organiser) says it's
time to renew our call to action
In unison for peace
Matt Smith, UNISON's Scottish Secretary was
a key speaker in an important rally for peace that took place
in Glasgow following the attempted attacks on Glasgow Airport
and in London. n a very wet and wild and windy November weekend,
a group of UNISON's young members met in Glasgow for our twice-yearly
Gender Agenda - the EOC's last campaign
The Equal Opportunities Commission Scotland
has launched its last ever campaign before becoming part of
the new CEHR in October with a warning that sex equality is
still generations away.
Welcome to the Equal Pay Support Team
UNISON Scotland has set up a new Equal Pay
Support Team and their role is to support branches, members
and staff in the processing of equal pay claims.
Anti-Racist drive seeks local football
The annual Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC)
Fortnight of Action is scheduled for 17 - 31 October 2007.
SRTRC will again be offering grants of up to £1,000
for local community-based initiatives.
Japanese Working Women visit UNISON
Ms Shizuko Koedo, WWN International Affairs
Manager and Toshie Habu, of the Working Women's Network (WWN)
of Japan visited UNISON on the 21 August..
"Shared Vision" is the Key
to Black Members success
"Shared Vision" is the key to black
members' success was the message from Hamid Rasheed, the Chair
of UNISONScotland's Black Members Group, to the Black Members
Group of Lothian Health Branch at their second meeting on
Reprieve for senior care workers from
After UNISON calls for action to stop the
wholesale deportation of much needed and highly skilled senior
care workers and a parliamentary report which said Government
changes to the criteria of entry to the UK breached European
Human Rights, the Home Office has agreed to temporarily waive
key immigration criteria.
Welfare care swung into action when
Les took ill