Scrap the Cap

Following months of UNISON pressure, the Scottish Government has said they will lift the 1% pay cap on public service workers.  That’s a welcome start, but what does it mean?

1.2%?  1.7%?  2%?  Inflation is 2.9%, so that’s still a real terms pay cut.  And what about all the pay we’ve lost over the last 10 years?  See just how much you’ve lost with our pay cut calculator

And who is it for? The Scottish Government has mentioned nurses and teachers. But what about all the rest of us. Council workers are amongst the lowest paid and local government has taken the biggest hit of job losses. read more

Campaign to divest pension funds from fossil fuels

At National Delegate Conference this year, UNISON passed a motion from Scotland calling on UNISON to campaign for pension funds to be divested from fossil fuels.  Conference agreed to:

  • Campaign for divestment from fossil fuel extraction for all pension funds where we have members and we can argue it is in the fiduciary interests of scheme members;
  • Seek alliances amongst other trade unions who share our objective and work co operatively with them to achieve divestment;
  • Engage with UNISON members with an aim of improving their knowledge base around climate threats created by fossil fuel extraction;
  • Produce literature that will enable branches to engage with the employers where they are members of a LGPF.
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    Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) hours

    Members working in Early Years/Nursery provisions will have received today (or will receive on their next working day) a letter from Moray Council Human Resources department outlining the Authority’s plans for moving forward with the expansion of provision within the sector in line with the requirements of the Scottish Government.

    Art this stage, there is limited information available on the changes being proposed however prior to any agreement, formal consultation with staff and the relevant trade unions will be undertaken in line with the Council’s Change Management Policy. read more

    UNISON Cup


    Congratulations to Elgin High School who won the UNISON Sports Cup back in June at the inter-schools cricket competition.  Well done to the other teams taking part from Milnes High School and Forres Academy.  Elgin High School ‘s success didn’t stop there as they went on to win the National event at Perth.  Well done to all involved! 

    UNISON Steward, Ewan McNeil presents the trophy to the winning team from Elgin High School.