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Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists in Scotland
September 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 sack 2,000
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 nurse' merger
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 St Andrews
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 chaos
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 Hearings Bill
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 in Edinburgh.

International: Time to influence the politicians
Delegates to the Scottish International Seminar highlighted the challenges ahead for UNISON Scotland's International work.

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.


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