Local Government

Local goverment serves the peopleLocal Government is UNISON Scotland’s biggest service group. Its remit covers a range of employees including those of all of Scotland’s councils, Direct Labour and Direct Service Organisations, Trusts, Joint Boards, voluntary and related organisations and private companies.

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Council workers union begins industrial ballot preparation saying staff won’t be “used as a political football”

Council workers union begins industrial ballot preparation saying staff won’t be “used as a political football” UNISON, the largest trade ... Read More

UNISON members willing to take industrial action on local government pay

UNISON, the largest trade union in local government representing 80,000 local government workers across Scotland, has voted overwhelmingly to reject ... Read More

Our champion of champions

Carol Sinclair, a community care worker for East Lothian Council is a runner up in UNISON’s Local Service Champions awards ... Read More

Congress backs council workers’ fight for a decent pay rise

STUC Congress stood four square behind council workers in their condemnation of CoSLA’s derisory pay offer, as they overwhelmingly backed ... Read More

Congress backs UNISON’s call to act against femicide in Turkey

UNISON Scotland took its condemnation of the Turkish government’s treatment of women trade unionists, women activists and opposition political parties ... Read More

STUC backs Scotland’s right to self determination but workers’ rights and equality must be at centre of debate

Congress reaffirmed its backing for the right of self-determination for the people in Scotland, and that the power should rest ... Read More

Scotland must deliver a care sector that cares

The Covid pandemic has highlighted the fundamental value of social care and the workers who provide it and Congress welcomed ... Read More

Bombshell report lays bare the impact of the pandemic on local government workers

Scotland’s local government workers have revealed the enormous toll on their health as they’ve worked to keep services running, according ... Read More

Local Government Trade Unions reject COSLA pay offer

The Joint Trade Unions representing the bulk of local government workers in Scotland have today written to COSLA to reject ... Read More

One Year of Covid – Scottish Local Government Member Survey

One Year of Covid – Local Government Member Survey We know that the past year has been difficult for all ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

UNISON Week 312 – Local Govt Pay, Scottish Water, overnight pay judgement & more

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UNISON Week 312 - Local Govt Pay, Scottish Water, overnight pay judgement & more. Read full newsletter ...

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 ...

UNISON Week 304 – New face at the top, Culpable homicide bill & More

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UNISON Week 304 - New face at the top, Culpable homicide bill, UNISON's One Team 2K & More.  Read full ...

UNISON Week 302- Petition for equal treatment for all covid responders, Arrivederci Dave & more

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UNISON Week 302- Petition for equal treatment for all covid responders, Arrivederci Dave Prentis & more.  Read full newsletter here ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Scotland’s economic performance: The contribution of place based economic development zones

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UNISON opposes the idea of freeports. The UK Government has made clear that freeports will be private sector driven initiatives, ...

Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill

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UNISON fully supports this bill to regulate rents in the private rented sector (PRS). We represent some of the lowest ...

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Bill consultation

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UNISON Scotland thinks incorporation of the UNCRC into law is insufficient. For children to exercise their rights in practice requires ...

Response to the Just Transition Commission Interim Report June 2020

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The Just Transition Commission published its Interim Report earlier this year. UNISON’s response to the Report stresses the need for ...

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