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Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in Scotland
September 2008 No 74

Magnificent strike action brings reopening of talks
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.

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 offer.

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 won
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 in pictures

Strike timeline
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 support
Across Scotland, members from other services showed their support for the local government strikers.

Strike threat wins Glasgow residential workers dispute
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 action.

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 Centre
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 May.

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.


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