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2008 No 74
Magnificent strike action brings reopening
The 24 hour stoppage that closed
and disrupted council services across Scotland on 20 August
won a reopening of talks with the employers
Glasgow's nurses warn of staffing crisis
on the wards
UNISON's NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Branch
has called for urgent action to address worsening staffing
levels across the health board after a UNISON survey of
nurses and nursing assistants showed 68% of responders believed
that staffing levels for nurses in wards was worse than
it was two years ago.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SAVED
An offer from the Scottish employers to
this year's local government pay claim, has been rejected
by UNISON and the other local government trade unions.
You were fantastic! - Local Government
pay strike roundup
Council services across Scotland ground
to a halt as UNISON members, joined by GMB and Unite colleagues,
went on strike on 20 August against a below-inflation pay
Dundee shuts down
Dundee brings the strike's best photo as
Desperate Dan joins the campaign!
Action will go on for fair pay, General
Secretary tells Edinburgh stewards
UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis told
Edinburgh Council pickets that the industrial action will
continue until staff get fair pay..
Inverurie rally told dispute can be
This dispute can be won. "The outcome
is in our hands, we must keep up the pressure for fair pay
for our members", UNISON Scottish Organiser John Keggie
told the rally in Inverurie.
Shetland: Support for strike was 'complete'
The Shetland News newspaper reported that
the Shetland Islands Council confirmed that 'everyone who
could go on strike did go on strike' as members came out
to a person to back the action..
Strike blog breaks new ground
For the fist time, UNISON members in Scotland could phone,
email or text news updates, photos and videos to the website..
From Dumfries to Inverness: The strike
00.01: The strike kicked off at midnight,
when concierges began their strike, reported Alex from the
Renfrewshire branch on UNISON's strike blog.
Strikers thank Health members for
Across Scotland, members from other services
showed their support for the local government strikers.
Strike threat wins Glasgow residential
All 900 workers in Glasgow Council's homes
for older people and children/young people have won wage
increases after threatening to take all-out indefinite strike
De-recognition threat after East Ayrshire
awards care contract to cheapest bidder
UNISON Scotland has launched a petition
aimed at East Ayrshire Council following a move by Lifeways,
a commercial care company, to derecognise the union.
Scottish LabourLink nominates Cathy
Jamieson and Bill Butler
Following a hustings meeting with all the
leadership candidates, UNISON LabourLink Scotland has decided
to nominate Cathy Jamieson MSP for Leader and Bill Butler
MSP for Deputy Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament.
Overseas Nurses Network chalks up
two more plusses
UNISON Scotland's pioneering Overseas Nurses
Network has been recognised by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
as a positive influence in assisting overseas workers with
integration and resolving problems.
The right to exist - Clydebank Resource
UNISON members who staff Clydebank Independent
Resource Centre must be rightly proud of the history outlined
in Chik Collins's book 'The Right to Exist' published in
SCOTTISH HEALTH AWARDS 2008
The Scottish Health Awards 2008 will be
held on Thursday 6th November, and will recognise and reward
Scotland's most committed and caring NHS workers.