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

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

Towards a REAL National Care Service for Scotland – Full Report

With the National Care Service Bill in tatters, this timely report makes a compelling case for the direct public delivery ... Read More

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

Since its introduction in June 2022, UNISON has campaigned for the National Care Service Bill to be withdrawn.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

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 ... Read More

Latest briefings and submissions

UNISON Scotland Week 321 – NHS staff are struggling, Care Futures, COP26 & more

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UNISON Scotland Week 321 - NHS staff are struggling, Care Futures, COP26 & more. Read full newsletter here ...

Scottish Government – Programme for Government 2021-22

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The Programme for Government for 2021-22 has been announced. This sets out the Scottish Government's legislative programme and other administrative ...

e-brief: National Care Service Consultation

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The Scottish Government has published its proposals for a National Care Service. The three-month consultation period ends on 18 October ...

e- brief UNISON Health Team meet the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care

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This week UNISON Scotland health activists and staff met with the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza ...

FOI Briefing – Introducing FOI / Free Training / Scottish Public Information Forum

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It is simple and straightforward for anyone to use their information rights and make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request ...

CPAG guidance on benefits and £500 bonus

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This guide outlines how the £500 bonus for health and care staff affects those who receive Scottish and UK benefits ...

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