Higher Education

UNISON_HEStrikeOct2013UNISON is one of the largest unions in the higher education sector, with 11 higher education branches in Scotland and 50,000 members across the UK. We represent higher education members employed by universities directly, or who work for a contractor supplying services.

We negotiate nationally and locally to protect pay, terms and conditions and to prevent members from being outsourced to private companies. UNISON representatives help to ensure a safe working environment.

UNISON campaigns for decent pay in universities – including a living wage for the lowest paid – as well as an eradication of the gender pay gap and to stop the use of zero hour contracts and the casualisation of work.

Latest news

UNISON Week-336 – now it’s time to defend councils, care workers travel, university strikes and more.

UNISON Week-336 - now it's time to defend councils, care workers travel, university strikes and more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

UNISON Week 334: Equal Pay Strike suspended but action looms elsewhere…& more

UNISON Week 334: Equal Pay Strike suspended but action looms elsewhere...& more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

UNISON urges principal to reverse closure plans as decision time looms on West College nurseries

The fate of two much-loved West College Scotland nurseries will be decided this week after weeks of campaigning to prevent ... Read More

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Invest in my University. Invest in me.

Heriot Watt Pay 7
University employers have offered a 1% pay rise for 2016/17. UNISON believes that our university staff are worth more. Here are ...

UNISON signs recognition agreement with Queen Margaret University

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UNISON signed a recognition agreement at  Queen Margaret University (QMU) in April 2016.  The purpose of the agreement is to establish arrangements ...

Fighting for Fair Work in Universities

Fighting for Fair Work in Universities
UNISON Scotland welcomes the Scottish Government's Fair Work Convention Paper. UNISON was involved in working hard to make sure the ...

Higher Education Policy Seminar and AGM 26th & 27th May 2016

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The Higher Education Policy Seminar and AGM will take place on 26th and 27th May 2016 at the Golden Jubilee ...

Higher Education Governance Bill

Higher Education Governance Bill
UNISON welcomed the outcomes of Professor Von Prondzynski’s Review of Higher Education Governance and is supportive of the aims of ...

Education Scotland Bill Response

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UNISON welcomes the commitment to tackle the attainment gap in Scotland. There is clear evidence those children from low income ...

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