Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists
2009 No 80
a million voices for change... add
yours! - Public Works: Scotland backs up a Million Voices
A million pound campaign has
been launched at UNISON’s Annual Conference to promote the
arguments for public services and the jobs our members do.
In Scotland, UNISON has been busy designing our part in
the Million Voices campaign in the PUBLIC WORKS:
revitalise our services campaign.
UNISON welcomes Brandon Muir reports
UNISON, representing Scotland’s social
work staff, has welcomed the two reports into the Brandon
Muir case in Dundee.
Social care workers come together to
issue ten-point plan for social work
UNISON joined with the British Association
of Social Workers (BASW) last month to publish a joint manifesto
with ten demands to be addressed to resolve key problems
affecting social work in Scotland.
UNISON condemns Quarriers threat to
UNISON has publicly condemned Scottish
charity Quarriers' threat to dismiss all their 2,000 staff
unless the union agrees to cuts in wages and conditions.
UNISON welcomes decision to drop 'community
UNISON has welcomed the government's decision
in July not to proceed with the project to develop a new
post of ‘Community Health Nurse’ and absorb the jobs of
District Nurse, Health Visitor, Public Health Nurse, Family
Health Nurse and School Nurse.
Scottish Awards Health and Society?
UNISON is a sponsor of the Daily Record's
Scottish Health Awards and The Herald's Sociaety Awards.
Nominations to be in by 7 and 4 September.
Fortnight of action - Show racism the
Red Card in your community
The dates for the annual Show Racism the
Red Card (SRTRC) Fortnight of Action - sponsored by UNISON
Scotland) are 16 - 31 October 2009..
Walk rounds meet the organising challenge
in Lothian Health
An organising project involving organisers
working with stewards in Lothian Health Branch has led to
an increase of 9.5% in recruitment.
90% vote backs Dumfries & Galloway
single status deal
UNISON members in Dumfries & Galloway have voted overwhelmingly
to accept a negotiated Single Status deal.
Unions into Schools course
A programme involving training union reps
to visit schools and colleges and talk to students about
the trade union movement and world of work, is being provided
by dedicated TUC tutors at Stow College.
Union books for South Lanark’s libraries
seminar Citizens of South Lanarkshire
will now have access to a wide range of trade union books
from their local library thanks to an initiative from the
South Lanarkshire Branch and its library stewards.
More dates for Johnnie Walker campaign
UNISON members turned out in force on 26
July to support the demo to save Johnnie Walker jobs. Here
are more dates in the campaign.
Scotland key to setting UNISON national
policies Scotland was well to the
fore at this year’s UNISON National Conference with the
Region and Branches instrumental in setting the key policies
with speakers in at least 20 debates.
G20 demonstration on the beach at
Do the world’s key finance ministers,
including UK Chancellor Alistair Darling, need a reminder
to Put People First? A broad coalition of organisations
in Scotland, including UNISON, certainly think so.
The Wave - Come together to stop climate
Branches are being urged to give maximum
support to the biggest climate change march Scotland has
ever seen. On Saturday 5 December marchers in Glasgow will
send a clear message to political leaders that they want
a strong and fair global deal on climate change at the UN
summit in December.
UNISON makes voice heard on new Children’s
UPDATE: Government re-think on draft Bill.
UNISON is to have detailed talks with Scottish Goverment
officials to address concerns the union has raised about
the Draft Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill .
Black Members Training
The next training weekend is on 25-27 September
International: Time to influence the
Delegates to the Scottish International
Seminar highlighted the challenges ahead for UNISON Scotland's
UNISON Members Day Out at New Lanark
Sunday 13 September 2009
A fun day out for members, their colleagues
and families at theWorld Heritage Site at New Lanark. Lots
of activities and attractions. Members get 25% discount
on the price of entry.