Local Government Pay Claim 2018

UNISON Scotland is seeking the views of union branches on the shape and content of next year’s pay claim. Branch responses will feed into a report to be tabled at the Local Government Conference on 1 December 2017 and a final decision reached on the claim that UNISON will use for discussion with the other SJC Trade Unions. It is hoped that agreement can be sought with Unite and GMB at a national level that will allow the claim to be submitted early in the new year.

Two possible claim suggestions have been made; read more

Scottish Women’s Networking Day

UNISON is holding a Scottish Women’s Networking Day at the Stirling Highland Hotel on Saturday 25th November 2017.  The event is intended to bring together UNISON’s women members to share their experiences of providing public services during a period when the UK Government is continuing to underfund their delivery.

Further details can be obtained from the Branch Secretary and any member wishing to attend should contact the Branch Secretary by 12 noon on 20th October 2017.

Scottish Disabled Members’ Group AGM

The AGM of the Scottish Disabled Members’ Self Organised Group will take place as follows:


Saturday 25 November 2017



10.30 am



UNISON House, 14 West Campbell Street, Glasgow G2 6RX


The AGM is open to all disabled members in UNISON in Scotland.


Motions are invited from Branches and need to be returned to UNISON by no later than Friday 27 October 2017   Any member therefore wishing to submit a motion should ensure that this is submitted to the Moray Branch Secretary for consideration at the Branch meeting to be held on 11th October 2017.


Anyone wishing to attend as a delegate should inform the Branch Secretary prior to the Branch Meeting on the 11th October 2017 when any nominations will be considered, read more

Violence at work

UNISON has published a new health and safety guide on violence at work, targeted at the community and voluntary sector.




It is titled ‘It’s not part of the job’ because there is a view at senior levels in the sector that violence initiated by cared for persons is something that staff working in the sector should just put up with. As a consequence, proper recording systems and risk assessments are generally inadequate. This is also a problem in other sectors (education, health and social care), but progress has been made and systems changed, even if there is some way to go in changing behaviours. read more