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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Local government strikes to go ahead despite Cosla talks, say UNISON

The largest union in local government says strikes are set to go ahead after they rejected a revised pay offer ... Read More

Strike ballots to be issued to staff working in schools, early years and family centres, says UNISON

UNISON has written to all councils in Scotland to inform them strike ballots will be issued to more than 38,000 ... Read More

Return your ballot, a message for waste, recycling and street cleaners

Lilian Macer, UNISON's Scottish Secretary sends a message to waste, recycling and street cleaners who are UNISON members. "Your industrial ... Read More

Briefing 143 National Care Service Bill: Reform of Integrated Joint Boards

This briefing gives an overview of the IJB reforms set out in the government’s Stage 2 amendments to the NCS ... Read More

Scotland’s waste and recycling workers begin strike vote over pay, says UNISON

Thousands of council workers in waste, recycling and street cleaning services across Scotland are to be balloted for strike action ... Read More

Rubbish will pile up in Edinburgh streets during Festival if waste and recycling workers strike, says UNISON

Waste and recycling workers in Edinburgh are being balloted for strike action over a pay dispute. UNISON, Scotland's largest local ... Read More

East Ayrshire councillors urged to reject proposals to outsource swathes of community services, says UNISON

Councillors in East Ayrshire are being urged to oppose proposals to outsource music tuition, youth work, sport, befriending, literacy, and ... Read More

Pay offer to council workers is too low and should be rejected, says UNISON

Local government staff in Scotland are worth more than the pay increase they’ve been offered, says UNISON today (Thursday). The ... Read More

Housing (Scotland) Bill response

The Housing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 26 March 2024.  The bill has six main parts which include ... Read More

Thousands of council workers are to vote in an official strike ballot over pay, says UNISON

More than 43,000 council workers in waste and recycling, schools and social care are to be balloted for strike action, ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

Policy Briefing 105 Draft Scottish Budget 2019/20

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Our latest policy briefing sets out the key points of the Draft Scottish Budget for 2019/20. Here is our brief ...

Planning Reform Bill

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This briefing lays out UNISON's concerns about the new Planning Bill. The Bill has now been significantly amended and will ...

Local Governance Review Events

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The Scottish government and COSLA launched a Local Governance Review in December 2017. This is a review of all public ...

Bargaining Briefing 102 – Early Learning & Childcare Delivery Model for 2020

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The Scottish government has made a commitment to offer all three and four year olds (and some 2 year olds) ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Inquiry into the Flexibility and Autonomy of Local Government

Inquiry into the Flexibility and Autonomy of Local Government
UNISON believes that the public sector provides a means to both deliver services cost effectively and to allow citizens to ...

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill response

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill response
UNISON raised a range of concerns in our submission to the 2012 consultation on what was then called the Community ...

Online response to SSSC fitness to practice proposed changes

Online response to SSSC fitness to practice proposed changes
1.   The "fitness to practise" criteria is very vague and it is not clear to us what objective standards the ...

Integration of Care in Social Care in Social Care in Scotland

Integration of Care in Social Care in Social Care in Scotland
UNISON Scotland members have been involved in various proposals for the integration of health and care services since the late1990s ...

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