Motion passed in support of Public Service Champions

The UNISON and UNITE branches in West Dunbartonshire have passed the motion below and sent it to the Council. Clydebank TUC also supported the motion. Council Leader Jonathon McColl replied saying he associated himself with the motion and was supportive of it. We would ask Jonathon to be mindful of his support when Government comes […]

UNISON Scotland calls for serious discussion about long-term sustainability of local government

UNISON calls for ‘serious discussion’ about long-term sustainability of local government, in response to Audit Scotland’s briefing paper on Covid-19: Implications for public finances. UNISON welcomes the briefing paper by Audit Scotland on: Covid-19: Implications for public finances. UNISON members know first hand how drastically public services have been affected by Covid-19 and lockdown. The […]

Revised Safety Materials: safe return in schools and early years/safe work after lockdown

Please find below, links to revised safety materials. The revisions take account of changed guidance and new information we have on the disparate impact of Covid on members with Equality Act protections. The new checklist addresses emerging issues arising from the re-opening of more workplaces including schools and early years. Finally, the online checklist and […]

Webinar – Safe Return to Work

As we progress through the stages of the Covid 19 pandemic, it will become more and more important that our workplaces are safe and our members have the skills and information they need to ensure safety for themselves, colleagues and communities. UNISON has developed a Health and Safety Webinar which we are looking forward to […]

School Uniform Grant

Please note there has been overwhelming demand for these grants and the There for You team is working hard to process applications. If you have already applied, please bear with us while we work through them. In response to the growing difficulties many members on low incomes face, a programme has been put in place […]

COVID Workforce Issues Update 

Education Recovery Below is a copy of the communication which has been sent to all members working in Education in Local Government.  Please do share this via your standard comms channels as well in case we have members in that area we’ve not been able to identify on the membership system. Click to open and […]

Free online Deaf Awareness Workshop – 7th & 8th July

UNISON Scotland are now in a position to offer our popular Deaf Awareness course which is normally held over a day and which is face to face. Given the current situation, COVID19, we are unable to deliver face to face learning however we have worked with the course provider Sign and be Heard to create an online tutored […]

West Dunbartonshire – Early Years Online Meeting

The branch will be holding an online meeting for Early Years staff, to which you are invited to attend, on Thursday 25th June at 7pm. The format of the meeting will be to hear from the speakers before opening it up for atendees to pose questions or raise comments. The meeting will last approximately one hour. […]

School and early years staff information pack & safety checklist for a safe return to work

UNISON is responding to Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that early years and childcare services will started to expand from Monday 1 June. We need risk assessments, staff training and clear guidance on safe working practices. Trade unions must be involved in local planning to ensure agreement round safe opening of schools and early learning centres. Lorraine […]

Free Open University ‘Coding Skills’ course

The Open University has organised a ‘Coding Skills’ course fully funded by the Scottish Funding Council, which is due to start on Thursday, 18 June 2020.  However, places are limited. This may be of use to workers that are interested in developing computer programming skills.  Further information, entry requirements and the application process can be found […]