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Local Government Service Group Conference Glasgow 14-15 June 2015

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School support staff don’t have enough hours in the day
Scotland’s Carol Ball, Vice Chair of the Local Government Service Group Executive, called for support staff in schools to be properly recognised for their contribution to the wider education team, as delegates backed a campaign to reduce school support staff workloads alongside a campaign for increased funding and decent pay.

Zero tolerance, training and involving staff are key to dealing with violence in schools
Local Government Conference heard the problems of challenging behaviour in schools from the front line as two Scotland delegates brought their experience to the debate.

We need to campaign for a £10 living wage now
Colin Paterson, speaking for the Service Group Executive told Local Government delegates that whilst we rightly campaign for a living wage, we need to remember that the current living wage should be a minimum – not a target.

Arbitrary freeze on teacher numbers – bad for our members, bad for our children
North Lanarkshire’s John Mooney brought a Scottish perspective to the debate on organising in schools as Local Government delegates backed a range of measures to support recruitment in schools and campaigning of school issues. 15/6/15

Bring together library members to share and learn
Falkirk’s Gray Allan warned of the dangers of outsourcing library services as Local Government delegates pledged to campaign against the closure of library and leisure services

Conference walks out to back sacked SECC worker
Hundreds of UNISON delegates from across the UK suspended their Local Government Conference at Glasgow's SECC today to walk and demonstrate in solidarity with Robert O'Donnell, a UNISON Health and Safety rep sacked by the SECC. 14/6/15






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