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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School support staff experience the most abuse from pupils, says UNISON

New Scottish government research shows that the biggest impact of pupil’s behavioural challenges falls on schools' support staff, who are ... Read More

‘Now keep your promises’ UNISON tells COSLA & Scottish Gov as council staff accept pay deal

The long running pay dispute which closed schools across Scotland has been brought to an end as UNISON members vote ... Read More

Briefing 134 Why UNISON opposes a council tax freeze

Since First Minister Humza Yousaf announced a council tax freeze at the SNP Conference in October, it is beyond disappointing ... Read More

Towards a REAL National Care Service – Summary Report

This is the Summary of a report commissioned by UNISON Scotland from APSE, the Association for Public Service Excellence and ... 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


We have had to suspend the local government consultative ballot as we were experiencing technical problems. You will be issued ... Read More

All school strikes to be suspended while UNISON consult on improved pay offer from Cosla

All school strikes, (planned for Wednesday 8 and 15 November), have been suspended after talks between Cosla and UNISON have ... 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Since its introduction in June 2022, UNISON has campaigned for the National Care Service Bill to be withdrawn.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

Radical Social Work Webinar Series No. 23 – recording

UNISON Social Work Issues Group Scotland Lunchtime Radical Social Work Webinar Series No. 23 - Recorded on Wednesday 11th October ... Read More

More schools set to close as UNISON announce another set of strike dates

UNISON has today served notice of further strike action in the dispute over local government pay to South Lanarkshire, Dumfries ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

Guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries

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The Scottish government has published the long-awaited update on guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries. The ...

Local Government Pay

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This is a letter from Mark Ferguson, Chair of UNISON Scotland Local Government Service Group, to the Cabinet Secretary for ...

Fair funding for local government

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  Council services have born the brunt of austerity in Scotland. With the draft Scottish budget due on 14 December, ...

e-brief Education Reform

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The Scottish government has launched a consultation on the next stage of their programme of education reform. The proposals have ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Consultation on the Children and Young People Bill

Consultation on the Children and Young People Bill
UNISON Scotland has supported the principles of Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) since its inception and we believe ...

Looked after children response

Looked after children response
UNISON is Scotland’s largest trade union representing approximately 160,000 members working in the public sector.   UNISON Scotland represents over 30,000 ...

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