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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.
UNISON Scotland is supporting this year's Scottish Health Awards. These awards recognise those that go above and beyond to improve ... Read More
Two new reports from UNISON Scotland launched in The Herald on Sunday (1 August) are about supporting branches to tackle ... Read More
UNISON’s statement was made following the Scottish government’s publication of new self-isolation rules providing an exemption for critical staff, published ... Read More
This week UNISON Scotland health activists and staff met with the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza ... Read More
UNISON has been campaigning with Pay Student Paramedics Campaign for many months for paramedic students in Scotland to receive an ... Read More
UNISON Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to provide student paramedics with a bursary equal to nurses and midwives ... Read More
UNISON will be consulting with members this summer about proposed changes their pension contributions. The NHS Pensions Scheme (Scotland) Scheme ... Read More
UNISON WEEK 316 - Women's Health, Tribunal victory & more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More
Members' June pay should reflect the new pay rates agreed in May. The pay uplift is backdated until December 1st ... Read More
All education staff aged 18-29 years are being asked to please register for your vaccination by 4th June to ensure ... Read More
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This week UNISON Scotland health activists and staff met with the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza ...Read More
It is simple and straightforward for anyone to use their information rights and make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request ...Read More
This guide outlines how the £500 bonus for health and care staff affects those who receive Scottish and UK benefits ...Read More
The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) has published a new circular which lays out the UK government’s decision on remedying ...Read More
UNISON Scotland thinks incorporation of the UNCRC into law is insufficient. For children to exercise their rights in practice requires ...Read More
The Treasury is consulting on proposals to remedy the issues raised by the McCloud judgement. UNISON submitted a UK response ...Read More