Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists
2010 No 87
As cuts destroy our services, public
and private sector jobs, and grind the economy to a halt,
unions say... THERE IS A BETTER WAY
There is an alternative to savage
cuts in public services was the message from a conference
of unions and community groups hosted by UNISON Scotland
in the run up to the major STUC demo on 23 October in Edinburgh.
Myths about the ‘crisis’
“Cutting public services will boost the
private sector ....” WRONG.....
There is an alternative, so TELL A
That’s how UNISON Scotland will mark the
European TUC Day of Action against Cuts on 29 September.
Branches consulting on ‘kick in the
teeth’ pay imposition
UNISON branches are holding meetings and
ballots of members that work for Scotland’s councils to
establish the next step in the ongoing local government
Organising and rising to the challenge
UNISON activists are rising to the challenge
as a new organising energy leads to events across the country
looking at new ways to involve members and activists and
get out the message that there is an alternative to the
ConDem ideological offensive.
They’re still trying to privatise water!
The Independent Budget Report is the latest
body to propose the privatisation of Scottish Water, dressed
up under the guise of a public interest company.
UNISON attacks CBI hypocrisy
UNISON Scotland Convener Mike Kirby has
responded angrily to a call from the Chair of CBI Scotland
to end the ‘war of words’ over public services.
Unions and pensioners join the Defend
Glasgow Services campaign
Glasgow branch held its latest ‘Defend
Glasgow Services’ public meeting with speakers from Strathclyde
FBU, Glasgow UNISON Health, PCS Scotland and the Scottish
UNISON ‘powers up’ at Belladrum
UNISON young members and learning activists joined with
full-time staff to take UNISON’s message that there is an
alternative to public service cuts to the Tartan Heart Music
Festival at Belladrum near Inverness.
Lessons of past and present to face
today’s union challenges
Organising, history of unions, law and
campaigning were all part of a recent pilot course giving
activists the tools to face the challenges to public services.
Police staff cuts ‘great news for
UNISON has called for a halt to the proposed job cuts among
police staff. The union said that the proposals made by
various police forces were “great news for criminals” and
that if implemented the sackings would make Scotland less
UNISON SCOTLAND NURSING CONFERENCE
TUESDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2010 10-4.30pm - Trades Hall, 85 Glassford
Our public services are increasingly under
attack and proposed job cuts in the NHS in Scotland could
have a major impact on services and quality of patient care.
Postcard and letter campaign to back
protection of workers
UNISON Scotland has welcomed the publication of a Bill proposed
by Hugh Henry MSP that would strengthen the legislation
that protects public facing workers from abuse.
UNISON’s Matt Smith to speak at CND
UNISON Scottish Secretary Matt Smith is
one of the speakers at the CND trade union conference on
Wed 6 October, 6.30pm, at the STUC, 333 Woodlands Road,
UNISON backs Glasgay!
UNISON Scotland has welcomed the launch of 2010 Glasgay
with its “irrepressible programme that continues to highlight
prejudice, discrimination and inequality.”
Reps brush up on ‘Fitness to Practice’
Lay activists and full time officers from
Health and Local Government recently attended a seminar
on representing members in ‘Fitness to Practice’ cases.
Big Climate Connection lobby
It’s time to lobby MPs on climate change
in November. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is organising the
Scottish part of the Big Climate Connection lobby on Saturday
5 and Sunday 6 November.
Black members' AGM goes to Parliament
This year’s UNISON Scotland Black Members
Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 13 November
in Committee Room 1 of the Scottish Parliament from 11am-1pm.
Scottish Women's Conference
UNISON Scotland’s Women’s Conference will
be held on Saturday 9 October from 11am to 5pm at UNISON
Glasgow City Branch Office, 18 Albion Street, Glasgow.
UNISON Scotland Media Course 12-14
This training weekend covers all the essentials
of dealing effectively with the Media. It will give members
skills, knowledge and understanding of methodsand skills
to improve branch level media contact.
Films and activists come together
in film festival
Films and activists come together in September
and October in the Take One Action Film Festival.
Trisha Hamilton has joined UNISON Scotland
as Scottish Communications Officer, replacing Chris Bartter
who retired earlier this year.