Lay edited bi-monthly bulletin for 5,000 activists
2008 No 76
festive season to all our members ...especially to those
delivering services over the holiday
Campaign to save our pensions needed
Following ominous signals from
the Tories that they plan to attack public service pensions,
UNISON’s Jane Carolan has warned that we must start campaigning
Pensions, it’s down to us
As the politicians and the press gang
up on the attack, who will defend our public service pensions?
We will! says JANE CAROLAN.
Midlothian set to strike over Single
AMidlothian Council members were set to
start selective strike action as SiU went to press
after Single Status talks faltered. IT support and inquiry
and collection staff were due to walk out .
Meat strike called off as employers
agree to pay
UNISON called off a planned Meat Hygiene
strike last month after employers agreed to pay a long-overdue
Credit Crunch: Public service investment
key to recovery
Investment in public services will be essential
to stabilising our economy, maintaining demand and employment
and underpinning future growth, UNISON’s Dave Watson told
a conference at Glasgow University.
Scottish Water strike forces board
back to negotiations
A day of all out strike action in November
by UNISON along with Unite and GMB has forced the board
of Scottish Water into negotiations over the current pay
Review set up as council staff accept
The local government pay dispute finally
reached an end in November as UNISON members in Scotland’s
councils voted by a narrow majority to accept a two year
pay deal worth 3% for 2008 and 2.5% for 2009. Now a review
has been set up to look at the lessons to be learned.
‘It’s Democracy, Stupid’ to transform
It’s “Democracy, Stupid” to transform Scotland’s
Public Services, Dave Watson, UNISON’s Scottish Organiser,
told a conference on transformation and the public sector
earlier this month.
Back the public and extend Freedom
of Information to private contractors
UNISONScotland has welcomed new research that shows the
Scottish public backs extending Freedom of Information to
cover private companies building schools and hospitals under
PPP/PFI contracts and other non-public bodies delivering
UNISON takes centre stage at Daily
Record Health Awards
UNISON is a major sponsor of the prestigious
Daily Record Health Awards and took centre stage again this
March for Just Solutions
Several hundred people marched though
Glasgow last week to demand ‘Just Solutions’ on climate
change. Meanwhile the Scottish Government has published
the Scottish Climate Change Bill.
Scotland’s ten years on the web
John Stevenson, Chair of the Communications
and Campaigns Committee was uncharacteristically lost for
words at December’s Scottish Council as Convenor Mike Kirby
announced the 10th anniversary of the UNISON Scotland website
and thanked John for his work as “webmaster” over the past
Edinburgh home help takes equal pay
lawyer to court
Home Help Jacqueline Quinn is taking equal
pay lawyer Stefan Cross to court after he charged her £500
for taking her case to another lawyer. UPDATE: members
End discrimination of Gypsy/Travellers
UNISON Scotland has backed a move by North
Ayrshire’s Colin Turbett to win formal ethnic minority status
for Scotland’s Gypsies/Travellers. .
Cuba at 50
Marking the anniversary of the Cuban revolution
next year, UNISON’s Scottish Council congratulated the Cuban
people on their achievements.
Breaking the Barriers Trade union
solidarity with Palestinian workers
International speakers will address the
issue of solidarity with Palestine in a UNISON Scotland
sponsored conference to be held in Edinburgh on 17 January.
Virtual Branch for Quarriers
On 1 December 2008, 10 years after UNISON
Scotland went live, Quarriers Branch entered the world of
the Internet with a brand new website. .
President praises Scotland
UNISON National President, Sue Highton,
has praised UNISON Scotland for ‘punching above its weight’
at UK level in the union.
The pulling power of UNISON
UNISON South Ayrshire member, Colin Duthie,
was one of a team of 36 manual wheelchair users who successfully
achieved a world record, by pulling a 57 tonne Boeing 757
110 metres along a runway at Lasham Airfield, on 6 September
Police staff pay
As SiU went to press, UNISON was about
to meet police employers to hammer out a new pay deal.
ST ANDREW’S DAY MARCH An Injury to
One is An Injury to All!
UNISON Scotland’s banner joined with other
unions, political parties and community organisations on
the streets of Glasgow for this year’s St Andrews Day Anti
Racism March and Rally on 29 November .
Youngsters back UNISON sponsored Show
Racism the Red Card event Over
180 youngsters enthusiastically showed racism the red card,
by participating in the football, cricket and fitness suite
activities in Rutherglen at the end of October.
Waxing to ‘wear it pink’
South Lanarkshire UNISON steward Robert
Allison was so keen to raise funds for the Wear it Pink
Appeal on October 31st that he allowed colleagues Vicky
Bradley and Christine Miller to wax his legs. .