UNISON is the UK’s largest health union. More than 60,000 UNISON members work in the NHS in Scotland: 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.

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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Speaking up for Scotland’s health 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.

  • Offering advice at work;
  • Representing our members in the workplace
  • Lobbying parliaments and government on issues our members care about;
  • Negotiating terms and conditions for NHS Scotland staff;
  • Raising professional and local concerns that affect all health workers.
  • Standing up for the NHS and broader health services

Health News

MSPs should support the employment injuries advisory council bill, says UNISON

UNISON, the public services union, is urging MSPs from all parties to support Mark Griffin MSP’s Employment Injuries Advisory Council ... Read More

Christina and Lilian in Shetland and Orkney was a ‘brilliant visit’

General secretary Christina McAnea visited Shetland and Orkney, where she was joined by Scottish secretary Lilian Macer Christina and Lilian ... Read More

Delivering net zero for Scotland’s buildings: Heat in Buildings Bill

This is UNISON Scotland's response to the Scottish Government consultation on its proposed Heat in Buildings Bill. We are members ... Read More

Lobby MSPs to support key Bill & help workers with Long Covid

UNISON Scotland’s Welfare Committee is urging members to write to their MSPs backing the important Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council ... Read More

Democracy Matters: Local governance Phase 2 consultation

This is UNISON's response to the Scottish Government and COSLA  ‘Democracy Matters: Local governance Phase 2 consultation’. The consultation is ... Read More

Resignation of Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson 

UNISON Scotland head of health Matt McLaughlin said: “UNISON had a good working relationship Michael and I wish him all ... Read More

Briefing 139 – National Care Service: Revised Government Plans

The Scottish Government has radically revised its plans for a National Care Service.   This follows negotiations with COSLA and the ... Read More

Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Scotland Bill

This is our response to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s call for views on Gillian Mackay MSP’s Abortion ... Read More

Briefing 136 – The ‘Safe Staffing’ Act in the NHS.

The Health and Care Staffing (Scotland) Act comes into force in April 2024. The Bill gives staff in the NHS ... Read More

New way forward for NHS pay agreed – “Now Scottish Government must deliver” says UNISON

Negotiators for the NHS trade union UNISON have today signed off four papers with NHS bosses making key recommendations to ... Read More

Latest briefings and submissions

e brief – Update on the National Care Service Bill October 2023

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Since its introduction in June 2022, UNISON has campaigned for the National Care Service Bill to be withdrawn. We want ...

NHS staff managing childcare because of school strikes

NHS staff managing childcare because of school strikes
We are receiving reports that some local managers are telling NHS staff that they should take annual leave or unpaid ...

Winter preparedness – response to Health, Social Care & Sport Committee

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This is UNISON Scotland's response to the Scottish Parliament's Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s call for evidence[1] for the ...

Briefing 130 – Consultation on Safe Staffing Statutory Guidance

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The Scottish Government is consulting on its draft Statutory Guidance for safe staffing in health and care. The Health and ...

Briefing 129 NHS Pension Contributions Changes Consultation

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The Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA) is consulting on increasing the overall contribution made by members to the NHS pension ...

Briefing 127 – Scottish Household Survey 2021

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This briefing looks at some key findings of the Scottish Household Survey 2021. This is a general population survey carried ...

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