EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENTS & SCHOOLS

Dear Colleague Members may have seen reports in the media today about plans to re-open schools in Scotland. UNISON alongside the teaching unions are engaged in discussions with the Scottish Government and COSLA as part of recovery plans for all education establishments. We are currently awaiting further details to be announced by the First Minister […]

UNISON MEMBERS – COVID 19 UPDATE

Dear Colleagues UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee have launched a campaign video prior to us commencing discussions with COSLA on the four strands we have previously set out. You can view this video on our facebook and website pages. SURVEY A short survey has been produced to gather members views on what the post-lock down […]

UNISON LAUNCH COVID 19 – CAMPAIGN “BETTER FUTURE”

Colleagues UNISON Scotland’s Local Government Committee have launched a campaign today in light of the current COVID 19 situation and a response to 10 years of austerity. Our members have responded brilliantly to this crisis and have shown how significant and required local government is to the community we serve. The campaign has 4 strands […]

UNISON PRESS RELEASE – WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY 2020

UNISON RENFREWSHIRE COMMEMORATES THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES AT WORK ON WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY 2020   International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD) on 28 April is our day to remember the dead and fight for the living. This year’s commemoration takes on a new importance as we remember those who have sadly died delivering vital care […]

COVID 19 – **UPDATE** TESTING, HOMEWORKING & PPE

LSGvt_L2_IJBs_re_PPE_to_Social_Care_Settings_230420 Coronavirus+testing+priorisation+matrix+during+lockdown+phase+25+April+2020 (1) Colleagues UNISON had a meeting with the National Director for Testing, Wendy Wilkinson.  She outlined that the reason that tests are not being provided to asymptomatic people is because of the unreliability of the current test and the risk of it giving a false negative result in those instances.  Only an antibody test […]

Workers Memorial Day 2020

Colleagues In addition to the 11 o’clock minutes silence, tomorrow we will mark “Workers Memorial 2020” albeit in a very different way. This year is particularly important given the current global COVID 19 pandemic. Many public and community service workers are putting their lives at risk in the delivery of emergency essential services for our […]

COVID 19 – MEMBERS UPDATE

SJC62COVID19CasualWorkerPayments 170420 JF Letter to Health Boards re Testing 170420 Dear Colleagues Firstly I would like to thank all those UNISON Members who are continuing to support the essential frontline service delivery to our communities. UNISON Members have responded in great numbers and that is why your health, safety and wellbeing are at the heart of our discussions/negotiations with […]

UNISON MEMBERS – UNISON SCOTLAND’S SERVICE GROUP CHAIRS STATEMENT

Colleagues Please find below a joint statement issued by UNISON Scotland’s Service Group Chairs. Please stay safe, fit and healthy during the current pandemic and if you are not part of the emergency essential service response – please stay home. Coronavirus update from service group chairs 14 Apr 2020 Thanks Mark Ferguson Branch Secretary

COVID 19 **UPDATED GUIDANCE** – Non Healthcare Setting

Colleagues Please find below new guidance for those working in non-healthcare settings. We will be discussing this new guidance with our employers asap, please be patient whilst this is being done and any required changes to current arrangements will be actioned as early as possible. https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/web-resources-container/covid-19-guidance-for-non-healthcare-settings/ Can I also bring to your attention information from […]

DOMESTIC ABUSE AND COVID-19

Colleagues, please find below a helpful briefing should any member be experiencing problems and require advice. Many thanks Mark Ferguson Branch Secretary   DOMESTIC ABUSE AND COVID-19 The physical workplace can be a place of safety for those experiencing domestic abuse. Now, with stringent social distancing measures in place, that option may be gone. In […]