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UNISON is the UK’s largest health union. Over 400,000 members work for the NHS and for private contractors providing NHS services.

More than 60,000 UNISON members work in the NHS in Scotland. Our members working in the health service include nurses, student nurses, midwives, health visitors, healthcare assistants, paramedics, occupational therapists, cleaners, porters, catering staff, medical secretaries, clerical and admin staff and scientific and technical staff.

See also important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies.

How we organise – Standing up for Scotland’s health service workers

UNISON organisers and activists work together to make sure our members’ concerns are heard – whether it’s about pay, health and safety, discrimination or the future of our NHS.

UNISON represents our members working in health services in Scotland in many ways:

  • Offering help and advice at work;
  • Lobbying the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government on issues our members care about;
  • Having a strong voice on the Scottish partnership organisations, which negotiate terms and conditions issues for NHS Scotland staff;
  • Raising our members professional/local concerns or by highlighting issues that will affect all health workers at a national level.
  • Standing up for Scotland’s health service

But as well as representing our members in the workplace – UNISON cares passionately about the future of the NHS as a publicly funded service that is free at the point of delivery. The NHS is a public service we can all be proud of, and UNISON wants to keep it that way.


Coronavirus latest

NHS formally notified of strike ballot as pay dispute continues

UNISON Scotland is gearing up to ballot more than 50,000 NHS members in a dispute over pay. All NHS employers ... Read More

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2023-24

This is the UNISON Scotland response to the Scottish Parliament's Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's Call for Views as ... Read More

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 Scrutiny: UNISON evidence

UNISON has submitted its Evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s call for views on The National Care Service (Scotland) Bill. UNISON ... Read More

Act now on NHS pay to avoid winter of discontent, warns UNISON

UNISON Scotland says Health Secretary Humza Yousaf can no longer ‘look the other way on pay’ as NHS workers gear ... Read More

Scotland’s public finances, cost of living impact & public service reform

This is UNISON Scotland's response to the Scottish Parliament Finance and Public Administration Committee's Call for Views as part of ... Read More

NHS strike pay ballot announced

NHS union UNISON has announced today (Friday) that it will officially ballot its 50,000 NHS members in Scotland over pay ... Read More

Thankyou for voting in NHS pay ballot.

Wilma Brown, chair of UNISON Scotland health committee, said: Our consultation on the 2022 pay offer for NHS Scotland staff ... Read More

NHS Pay Ballot how long is left to vote?

Thousands of NHS Workers are voting in our NHS Pay Ballot UNISON's NHS members consultative pay ballot closes 5pm Monday ... Read More

NHS strike ballot launched in first step towards industrial action

In the first steps towards taking industrial action Scotland’s health union UNISON will ballot 35000 NHS staff across Scotland to ... Read More

UNISON to recommend NHS Scotland staff reject Scottish Government 5% pay offer in consultative ballot

Scotland largest health union to recommend NHS Scotland staff reject Scottish government 5% pay offer UNISON Scotland’s Health Committee – ... Read More

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Latest briefings and submissions

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee Pre-Budget Scrutiny 2023-24

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This is the UNISON Scotland response to the Scottish Parliament's Health, Social Care and Sport Committee's Call for Views as ...
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National Care Service (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 Scrutiny: UNISON evidence

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UNISON has submitted its Evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s call for views on The National Care Service (Scotland) Bill. UNISON ...
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Scotland’s public finances, cost of living impact & public service reform

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This is UNISON Scotland's response to the Scottish Parliament Finance and Public Administration Committee's Call for Views as part of ...
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Briefing 119 – Inflation and inequality

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This briefing covers inflation, the differences between ways to measure it, and why it is vital we speak up on ...
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UNISON Week 337: unsafe staffing in hospitals, an inadequate Queens Speech, June 18th Demo & more

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UNISON Week 337: unsafe staffing in hospitals, an inadequate Queens Speech, June 18th Demo & more. Read full newsletter here ...
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UNISON WEEK 332 – NHS Pay Claim Launched, Local Govt pay offer rejected, a new face at UNISON Scotland, and more…

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UNISON WEEK 332 - NHS Pay Claim Launched, Local Govt pay offer rejected, a new face at UNISON Scotland, and ...
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