Menopause in Work Survey

The Menopause in Work survey, which was launched at the STUC women’s conference in Glenrothes on 30th October, is open until 1st December 2017.

The STUC women’s committee is interested in investigating how Scottish employers are responding to menopause in work and what the experiences of women in the workplace are. We would like you to complete this survey as honestly as you can. Your personal data will always be kept 100% confidential and is open to men and women, union members and non-union members. read more

Stars in Our Schools – 24th November 2017

Stars in Our Schools is a celebration of school support staff. UNISON has organised the day to celebrate the wonderful work they do every day and to make sure the world knows just how vital they are to children’s education.

Nominate a Star and win a prize

This is your chance to let a member of school support staff know how much you value the fantastic work they do. Anyone can nominate a school support staff worker for entry into a prize draw to win a £25 Marks and Spencer voucher. And if your nominee wins, you’ll receive a £25 Marks and Spencer voucher too!

UNISON’s Stars in Our Schools prize draw is all about recognising the wonderful contribution of school support staff who work so hard to keep schools running smoothly, help children learn and keep everybody safe and healthy.

One ‘Star’ winner will be drawn from each of the 12 regions across the UK, so there will be vouchers for the 12 Stars and their nominators, making 24 prizes in total. 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

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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