Mon 6 Jan 2003
UNISON's 10th birthday in 2003
UNISON, Scotland's largest union reaches its 10th Anniversary in
2003 and is planning a series of activities throughout the year
to mark the event.
The union organises and speaks for around 150,000 members in Scotland
and is well known for its campaigning. It has been especially opposed
the Government's continuing use of the private sector to run public
services, but has also campaigned strongly for equality in the workplace
and across society.
UNISON's Scottish Secretary, Matt Smith has issued a New Year message
to all the union's 100+ Scottish Branches calling on them both to
celebrate the union's achievements and to continue the campaign
for renewal of Scotland's public services.
He said "We are in the forefront of many of the campaigns within
society. We have had many achievements in our short life, including
our major impact in the fight against low pay with UNISON members
in Scotland's local government and health services winning pay claims,
first for £5 an hour and now more.
"We have also been the union winning staff back into the public
sector from health contractors and in the careers service.
"We have also much to celebrate in the creation of a Scottish
Parliament and its delivery of a staffing protocol on PPP projects,
although we will be continuing to campaign against PPPs as wasteful
and inflexible methods of delivering public services."
UNISON is also planning a number of events to take place throughout
the year. Glyn Hawker, UNISON's Scottish Organiser (Recruitment
and Organisation) said "We are looking for events that will allow
members to join in and celebrate the importance and value of UNISON
membership and what is good about UNISON. I have asked branches
to come back with suggestions for local or national events that
will allow us to do this.
"Possible proposals include; local family days in public parks,
gifts for new babies born to members on the 1 July (the date of
the creation of UNISON), possible sponsorship of a theatre company
for the year to get members discounted tickets and many other suggestions."
In addition the union wants to build on its already high profile
around the Scottish Parliament and the elections. Matt Smith said,
"We plan to have some event for the new Scottish Parliament elected
on 1 May. It will be part of both the 10th Anniversary celebrations
and our campaign for Scotland's public services."
[Note for Editors: UNISON is Scotland's largest union, it was created
on 1 July 1993 by a merger of the three former public service unions,
COHSE, NALGO and NUPE, and organises members across the public services
- local government, healthcare, higher and further education, police
support staffs, energy, water and the voluntary sector.]
For Further Information Please Contact: Matt Smith (Scottish
Secretary) 07771 548 997 (m) 0845 355 0845(w) Glyn Hawker (Scottish
Org - Recr and Org) 07876 441 237(m) 0845 355 0845(w) Chris Bartter
(Communications Officer) 0771 558 3729(m) 0845 355 0845(w)