Local government workers recommended to reject pay offer in union pay ballot.

UNISON, the largest trade union in local government, is consulting its members on whether they are prepared to take industrial action to secure a better pay offer from COSLA. The consultative ballot runs from today (Tuesday 13 April) until 28 April and comes after UNISON’s Local Government Committee agreed to recommend that members vote to […]

COSLA pay offer is a ‘slap in the face’ to Scotland’s local government workers, says UNISON

UNISON, the union for local government workers, says a pay offer put forward by COSLA today (Tuesday 16 March) is a ‘slap in the face’ for hard working local government workers who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic. Mark Ferguson, chair of UNISON Scotland’s local government committee, says the offer falls far short […]

Reminder – Annual General Meeting

Reminder – Branch Annual General Meeting Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 3rd March and Wednesday 10th March with both meetings starting at 12.30 and both being held via Zoom. Full details, including Zoom joining information, have been emailed to members that we hold an up to date email address for, this evening, 1st […]

Retired Members Newsletter – Issue 17

Retired Members Newsletter – Issue 17, for February 2021 is now available. Access the PDF version via the link below. Retired Members Newsletter – Issue 17

Update for members in Education

UNISON met with Education managers, highlighting issues with remote learning from members. Guidance will be issued next week, please request a copy from your line manager. If you are spending any length of time in front of a computer screen or on a phone, ask your line manager to complete a DSE Assessment and follow […]

Mental Health & Trauma through COVID-19 Study

UNISON have been delivering Trauma Awareness Workshops throughout the Pandemic in Conjunction with Strathclyde University School of Psychological Science and Health primarily for Health and Social Care members as well as being very well received they have highlighted what staff are going through and the impact on them. As a result of these workshops Strathclyde […]

UNISON looking after Schools/ELC Staff

The start of the new school term in 2021 has been far from a simple resumption of the pre- Christmas model of education and ELC provision. UNISON has been your voice at the highest levels in the John Swinney Education Recovery Group (which met twice in the week of 4 January and continues to meet […]

Social Care Staff Support Fund – Shielding

The shielding element of the Social Care Staff Support Fund is now open to applications, with the fund closing on 24th February. Inspiring Scotland’s webpage on the Shielding Fund: https://www.inspiringscotland.org.uk/social-care-staff-support-fund/. Full details can be found on the website above, including eligibility criteria, the application form and potential impacts on benefit entitlement. There is also a […]

Education & Early Years member update

For the attention of UNISON Members in Education/Early Years UNISON West Dunbartonshire Branch are in consultation with management in Education and we have requested the following: Guidance/Procedure for supporting children/pupils remotely including child protection issues Risk assessment for supporting Children/Pupils remotely Description of tasks and duties working with children/pupils remotely Breakdown on monitoring capabilities and […]

Free courses for members

UNISON Scotland have managed to secure some limited funding through Scottish Union Learning to provide a short programme of free courses for January and February. The courses are: Mental Health Awareness An introduction to Mental Health issues, it’s impact on people and what can be done to support people with poor mental health – particularly […]