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Don't take policing back to the 1970s. 3000 police staff jobs are under threat due to targets for cost savings and police officer numbers - taking us back in time to the bad old days of policing. We need a modern, balanced police team – with the right people doing the right jobs – for a better, safer Scotland. Click here to email your MSPs and tell them so!
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Why should the jobs and services go if the need still exists?
"The cuts we are facing across the UK are not about money but about politics.
A politics that hates public services and loves to profit from privatisation. A politics that sees a workforce engaged in caring and educating not as an achievement to be celebrated but as a problem to be tackled.
Why should the jobs and services go if the need still exists?

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Latest News ...More press releases
Earthe HourEarth Hour 2012 takes place on Saturday 31 March and branches are being encouraged to get involved. Click for details...
UNISON hopes new guide will Make a Difference in challenging Gypsy Traveller discrimination 29 March.
The reality of sickness absence - shocking survey findings revealed by UNISON Scotland 28 March.
UNISON protesters lobby Scottish Parliament as industrial action
over NHS pensions continues:
Health workers will be lobbying the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday (March 27), calling on MSPs to seek a Scottish solution to the proposed changes to NHS pensions. 26 March.
Tories Kettled at Troon: Over 1,000 STUC demonstrators against youth unemployment kettled Tory Conference delegates in Troon. 24 March on blog.
Budget: Tax cuts for rich and mass unemployment for youth is totally unacceptable 21 March
The front line starts here New UNISON study argues for proper service redesign instead of back office cuts through flawed 'shared service' models 20 March
Budget: time to kick start the economy Dave Prentis on UNISON's alternative budget. 19 March
Treasury confirms VAT bill for single fire and police services - UNISON Scottish taxpayers face millions in VAT for new police and fire authorities - plus huge job losses. 14 March
Latest Updates ...at 30 March 2012
e-Briefing: Accounts Commission Local Government Overview pdf30 March
Police Matters issue 2 - April 2012 pdf29 March

Make a Difference! - Gypsy Travellers handbook pdf29 March

Briefing 21 Sickness Absence Survey pdf28 March

Public Service Futures No 2 Spring 2012 pdf28 March

New Scotland inUNISON online
23 March

The frontline starts here pdf
20 March

MSP Briefing on NHS Pensions Regulations pdf19 March

Taylor Review - Response on funding of civil litigation pdf19 March

Scottish Pensions Bulletin No 30 - March 2012 pdf15 March

Hydro Nation - Response to Scottish Government proposals for legislation pdf15 March

Police Matters Bulletin pdf
12 March

Response to the Scottish Government Consultation on Proposals for a Freedom of Information (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill pdf10 March

Referendum Consultation Response pdf7 March

Health and Social Care integration - Comments to Scottish Parliament Health & Sport Committee
pdf29 February
Public Sector Reform - Evidence to Scottish Parliament Local government & Infrastructure Committee
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29 February

Scotland's Energy - Scotland's Future: a balanced energy strategy for Scotland pdf24 February

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