Briefings

B&C-logoLatest UNISON Scotland Briefings from the Bargaining and Campaigns Team. UNISON Scotland Briefings include Bargaining and Policy Briefings for branches on a wide range of policy and employment issues, e-briefings and Legal Updates and briefings for MSPs and MPs and others to represent UNISON policy where decisions are being made.

Dumped on - waste management staff speak out

Dumped on – working in Scotland’s waste management services

Waste management is one of the least considered but most essential of public services. Most of us take for granted the fact that we can take out our rubbish and ... Read More
MSP e-briefing: Public Services

MSP e-briefing: Public Services

UNISON Scotland welcomes the debate in Parliament on Tuesday 13 January 2015 on protecting public services. As the largest public service union, we represent most public service staff groups. Scotland's ... Read More
e-briefing: Autumn Statement 2014

e-briefing: Autumn Statement 2014

There is a lot of analysis and comment on yesterday’s UK Autumn Statement, but from a UNISON Scotland perspective there are two key issues. Firstly, between 2009-10 and 2019-20, UK ... Read More
Braking point hospital porters

Breaking point: overworked and underpaid

Scotland’s hospital porters speak out UNISON Scotland has undertaken a survey of NHS porters to find out how current austerity measures in the National Health Service are impacting on our ... Read More
Briefing 63: Policy - Smith Commission on Devolution

Briefing 63: Policy – Smith Commission on Devolution

KEY POINTS: Greater fiscal autonomy through devolution of income and other taxes. Barnett formula remains although new borrowing powers and funding mechanisms need to be worked up in detail. Some ... Read More
Briefing 62: Policy - Scottish Government Legislative Programme 2014-15

Briefing 62: Policy – Scottish Government Legislative Programme 2014-15

KEY POINTS: There will be a new commission on alternatives to the council tax but the freeze remains in place until the end of this parliament There was a further ... Read More
Briefing 61: Policy - Bargaining - NHS Finances

Briefing 61: Policy – Bargaining – NHS Finances

KEY POINTS: Audit Scotland highlight significant financial pressures on health boards Spending per head decreased since 2009/10 Capital funding cut by 21%. £409m PPP programme. While resources fall, demand is ... Read More
OTs speak out

Under pressure – Scotland’s occupational therapists speak out

UNISON Scotland has surveyed our members working in occupational therapy across Scotland to assess their view of the current state, and future prospects for their service, how they are coping ... Read More
e-briefing: Draft Scottish Budget 2015-16

e-briefing: Draft Scottish Budget 2015-16

While the headlines in the budget are around the fiscally neutral new taxes, it is the budget allocations that matter more to UNISON members. Branches should also remember that these ... Read More
e-briefing: Health and social care integration regulations

e-briefing: Health and social care integration regulations

The principles of health and care integration are set out in the Public Bodies (Joint Working) Act 2014. However, the detailed arrangements for implementation are set out in regulations. The ... Read More

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