Scottish Community and Voluntary Sector
Report at 26th February 2009.
Petition to Scottish Parliament
UNISON started an e-petition to the Scottish Parliament
on the Funding of the CVS in Scotland. This is due to be heard
on the 17th March at the Petitions Committee. There
will be representatives of UNISON, Unite, SCVO, CCPS and the STUC
at this hearing.
The Trade Unions are also planning a Rally outside
the Scottish Parliament. We would encourage all Branches with
CVS members to get along and support our colleagues. For more
info contact Simon Macfarlane at UNISON House.
Budget Cuts in Local Authorities
You will all be experiencing cuts of some kind in
Local Authorities. The CVS are also experiencing the same. As
always it is easy to cut our income as we are so widespread and
the impact is not as great as it would be in a large employer.
Quarriers for example has seen four projects close in the last
year, redundancies in various projects and cutbacks across the
organisation as a result of falling income. This is similar to
many CVS employers.
One major issue for the CVS is TUPE. Some employers
are taking over services and honouring TUPE at the point of transfer.
Then they are changing terms and conditions at a whim or as has
happened in Moray they are advertising our membersí jobs before
they TUPE over. This is becoming more commonplace. This should
be seen as a warning for our colleagues in Local Authorities who
could find themselves working for a Charity at some point in the
National CVS Seminar
The UNISON National CVS Seminar is to be held in
the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow this year from 13th
to 14th March. This is an occasion to meet CVS colleagues
from all parts of the UK and share experiences. I would urge all
Local Government Branches with CVS members to make sure they get
members along to this.
Member of Scottish CVS Committee