You will no doubt have seen that the Scottish Government announced a £500 (full-time equivalent) payment for all NHS and Social Care Staff.

UNISON will take part in further meetings with the Scottish Government today, to establish who is in scope for this payment, however it is clear that the majority of local government workers have been excluded.

The branch fully recognises the valuable and essential work undertaken by all our members during the pandemic and will pursue COSLA and the Scottish Government vigorously to extend this to all workers who have responded to Covid 19.

The Renfrewshire Branch Executive will discuss at its meeting on Thursday an emergency motion to be submitted to UNISON Scotland’s Council meeting on Saturday 5th December 2020.  The motion will call on the Region to press release, campaign and lobby the Scottish Government to do the right thing for all workers.

I will of course keep members up to date with developments.


Mark Ferguson

Branch Secretary