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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Voting in the council elections is a ‘use it or lose it’ choice , says UNISON Scottish Secretary

Tracy Dalling UNISON Scottish secretary is urging Scots to get out and vote for their local council services: “People need ... Read More

Recognise, respect and reward council workers

#STUC22 Congress condemned COSLA’s derisory pay offer to council staff which does not address the issue of low pay despite ... Read More

Community wealth building – not tax dodging freeports

#STUC 22 Congress affirmed that council services are vital to our society and should be at the heart of economic ... Read More

Action on equal pay essential for women’s lives

#STUC22 Glasgow’s equal pay campaign was spotlighted at STUC Congress in a motion from Glasgow Trades Union Council that congratulated ... Read More

Local government workers on path to industrial action, say UNISON

UNISON members working in local government have indicated their willingness to take some form of industrial action, up to and ... Read More

A New Deal for Tenants

This is UNISON's response to the proposed reform of the private rented sector. High private rents and house prices are ... Read More

Glasgow suspend equal pay strikes

UNISON will suspend all equal pay strikes today, after a deal has been struck with Glasgow City Council to settle ... Read More

Recognise, Respect, Reward candidate pledge launch for local elections

UNISON welcome COLSA’s response to the Scottish Government Spending Review Framework Consultation, particularly the call for greater investment and recognition ... Read More

Local government workers to be consulted on industrial action, says UNISON

UNISON, Scotland’s largest union, will consult local government members on taking industrial action over pay. The decision was made today ... Read More

UNISON suspend equal pay strike on 29 and 30 March

UNISON has called off two days of strikes 29 and 30 March and a large rally in Glasgow on Tuesday ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

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 ...

UNISON Week 318 – UNISON ballots council workers on strike action, National Care Service Consultation and more.

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UNISON Week 318 - UNISON ballots council workers on strike action, National Care Service Consultation and more. Read full  newsletter ...

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-briefing Implementing The Promise

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This e-briefing explains The Promise 'Change Programme' and includes four action points for local government branches. The Independent Care Review ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Response: Planning Performance and Fees February 2020

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UNISON has been raising concerns about problems in planning departments for some time. We published papers based on surveys of ...

Pre-Budget Scrutiny: Roads Maintenance in Scotland

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There is no doubt that local government has borne the brunt of cuts over the last 10 years. Reports,from COSLA, ...

Pre-Budget Scrutiny: long-term financial sustainability of local government

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It is clear that local government has borne the brunt of cuts over the last 10 years. A range of ...

Additional Support Needs

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This is the latest evidence from UNISON regarding the  Scottish parliament Education Committee's  follow up on its enquiry into support ...

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