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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.


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Scottish government must focus on NHS staffing and cost of living crisis in fresh pay talks today, says UNISON

Fresh NHS pay talks involving UNISON negotiators and the Scottish government are due to take place later today (Thursday) concerning ... Read More

UNISON Week 343 – NHS and social care in crisis and more

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UNISON Week 342 – NHS In Crisis – Taking The NCS Campaign To Parliament.

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Staff Pensions and the National Care Service

The creation of a National Care Service could mean around 75,000 council employed social care and social work staff transferring ... Read More

UNISON Scotland’s response to the Cabinet Secretary’s parliamentary statement on NHS crisis

Chair of UNISON Scotland’s health committee, Wilma Brown, has reacted to today’s (Tuesday) parliamentary statement by Humza Yousaf, on the ... Read More

UNISON response to First Minister’s statement on crisis in NHS Scotland 

Chair of UNISON Scotland's health committee, Wilma Brown, has reacted to today's (Monday) statement by the First Minister on the ... Read More

Implement NHS pay deal now says UNISON Scotland

For Immediate Use UNISON has today written to the Cabinet Secretary for Health insisting that the 2022/23 pay deal is ... Read More

‘This not a win for government – it is a warning’ says UNISON as health members vote to ACCEPT pay offer

UNISON, Scotland's largest NHS union, has announced today (Monday) that its members have voted to accept the Scottish government's pay ... Read More

UNISON recommends health workers vote ‘ACCEPT’ as pay ballot launches 

More than 50,000 health workers will today (Monday) begin to vote on the Scottish government’s final pay offer – with ... Read More

UNISON to recommend NHS staff vote to accept latest Scottish government pay offer

UNISON, the largest NHS union, is to ballot members on the Scottish government's latest pay offer, which was made during ... Read More

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UNISON Week 343 – NHS and social care in crisis and more

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UNISON Week 343 - NHS and social care in crisisand more ... Read full newsletter here ...
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UNISON Week 342 – NHS In Crisis – Taking The NCS Campaign To Parliament.

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UNISON Week 342 - NHS in crisis, taking the NCS Campaign to Parliament. Read full newsletter here ...
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Staff Pensions and the National Care Service

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The creation of a National Care Service could mean around 75,000 council employed social care and social work staff transferring ...
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e brief The National Care Service Bill & the NHS

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The National Care Service (Scotland) Bill is being considered by the Scottish Parliament. This e brief looks at the implications ...
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National Care Service Bill – A brief guide

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The Scottish Parliament is currently considering the National Care Service (Scotland Bill). UNISON Scotland has prepared a short guide to ...
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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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