Tuesday 1 July 2003
UNISON celebrates 10th Birthday with vow to continue campaigns
UNISON , Scotland's largest union, celebrates its 10 Anniversary
today (1 July). The major public service union, which was created
in 1993 by the merger of COHSE, NALGO and NUPE, has become the main
representative of Scottish public service workers.
The union recently took over the Hub, in Edinburgh, where Dave
Prentis, UNISON's General Secretary, put forward the union's arguments
on the need to revitalise Scotland's public services, to Scotland's
The union has had many successes over the last ten years, such
as the Protocol on staffing in PPP/PFI schemes, and major advances
in local government and NHS pay, but UNISON will spend the birthday
continuing its campaigns against low pay and violence in Scotland's
public services, and organising.
Matt Smith, UNISON's Scottish Secretary said "We celebrate the
many successes that UNISON has been instrumental in delivering over
the last 10 years, but we will continue to organise and campaign
for public services and those who deliver them.
"For example, whilst we welcome the low pay deal in Scotland's
Health Service, and the successful fight of UNISON local government
members for a decent pay rise some years back, it is appalling that
we are still having to fight to bring Scotland's nursery nurses
above the Low Pay Unit's low pay threshold."
Branches across Scotland are marking the anniversary by running
public events, taking members and families out for celebrations
and organising recruitment drives. These include recruitment stalls
and visits to hospitals in the Western Isles and Aberdeen, visits
to Loudon Castle Theme Park and Calderglen Country Park and a Balloon
Race for the public (collection for the Children's Hospice Association)
in Forfar. In Inverness a formal cake cutting ceremony takes place
in the UNISON office.
Matt Smith said "UNISON's success is built on organisation, members
involvement in their union, and ensuring we deliver what our members
want. That is why it is appropriate that these principles shape
the activities the union is arranging to mark our 10th Birthday.
For Further Information Please Contact: Matt Smith (Scottish Secretary)
- 0845 355 0845(o) 07771 548 997(m) Glyn Hawker (Scottish Organiser)
- 0845 355 0845(o) 07876 441 237(m) Chris Bartter (Communications
Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)