UNISON MEMBERS – COVID 19 PPE (Joint Statement)

Colleagues, Last night I took part in my capacity as Chair of UNISON Scotland’s Local Government Committee in a meeting with the Deputy First Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Social Care, Cabinet Secretary for Communities & Local Government, COSLA and other Trade Unions – alongside Johanna Baxter, UNISON’s Head of Local Government (Scotland) to […]


Colleagues Last night I took part in my capacity as Chair of UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee in a discussion with the Deputy First Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Cabinet Secretary for Community & Local Government, COSLA alongside Johanna Baxter – Head of Local Government (UNISON Scotland). This meeting was called following UNISON’s letter to […]

Urgent Advice

Colleagues You may seen in the media that there has been new advice issued by Scottish Government regarding (PPE). We received late last night updated advice regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Scottish Governments, Clinical Nursing Officer – Fiona McQueen. This advice is contradictory to  the advice issued last week in UNISON’s view and could put our […]

UNISON press release

New guidance for home and social care staff in Scotland puts home care staff at risk   Read the full press release New guidance for home and social care staff in Scotland puts home care staff at risk  

Urgent Update – Good Shepherd

Colleagues I have received some enquiries form members in relation to the current arrangements put in place by your employer in relation to the current COVD – 19 panedemic. I attempted to have a discussion with your HR section today – only to be advised to put it in writing. This is not helpful and […]

Members Update – HSCP

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE PARTNERSHIP Following a meeting with management yesterday we have an update for members in Social, Residential and Community Care in relation to the provision of  masks: Fluid resistant masks have started to be distributed, this will continue over the weekend and will be included in the first PPE deliveries from Monday 6th April 2020. For […]


SOCIAL, RESIDENTIAL CARE & COMMUNITY (PPE & SAFE WORKING GUIDANCE) Colleagues Following a discussion with UNISON, COSLA and Health Protection Scotland new guidance has been issued tonight for PPE & Safe Working in the Community. UNISON will have urgent discussions with management at the earliest opportunity and staff will be advised of any necessary changes […]

Unions call for united policy on dealing with pandemic

Unison, Unite and the GMB have urged the First Minister to intervene over a perceived lack of urgency by councils in addressing the coronavirus threat. In a letter the unions state: “We are on the brink of the peak of the pandemic and still there exist major concerns over social distancing, personal protective equipment, the […]


Colleagues For us to face the challenges posed by this global pandemic it is important that we look after our own health, safety and wellbeing. Members who are self-isolating or working from home should maintain contact with family, friends and colleagues by telephone, through social media and maintain contact with your employer. Adjusting to the […]

Members Update – Children’s Services

Colleagues Please see the following link issued by the Scottish Government for staff employed in education settings: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings/pages/who-this-is-for/ UNISON Renfrewshire is having regular dialogue with Children’s Services and Kibble Education & Care Centre. It is our intention to discuss the above guidance with our employers and where changes in practice are required members will be notified at the earliest opportunity. Thanks Mark […]