UNISON assembles ‘coalition of concern’ over National Care Service legislation

Public services union UNISON is today (TUES)  bringing together a wide coalition of organisations who have concerns about the impact of the National Care Service legislation  introduced by the Scottish Government.

Joining the union at a seminar today exploring the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill are representatives of CoSLA, Social Work Scotland, Quarriers, the Coalition of Care Providers Scotland,  Parkinson’s UK and Commonweal.

Speaking ahead of the event UNISON Scottish Secretary Tracey Dalling said:

“Here we have a huge range of those involved saying the Scottish Government should think again about what we are doing – ourselves, employers organisations, third sector service providers.

“Outside the ranks of the Scottish Government itself it is very difficult to find enthusiasm for the legislation. We are hoping that today can be the start of a concerted effort across Scottish public life to persuade the Scottish Government to rethink their plans.”


Participants include:

Lilian Macer, Convenor, UNISON Scotland

Councillor Paul Kelly, Health & Social Care Spokesperson, COSLA

Ron Cully – Chief Executive, Quarriers

Rachel Cackett – Chief Executive, Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland

Ben Farrugia, Director, Social Work Scotland

Tanith Muller – Parliamentary and Campaigns Officer – Scotland at Parkinson’s UK

Mary Madden, Adult Social Care Worker / UNISON Activist

Nick Kempe – Commonweal


Notes for Editors

The seminar is taking place from 1300 – 1600, UNISON House 14 West Campbell Street, Glasgow G2 6RX

NB: Picture and Photo Opportunity. Media are welcome to the event (although space is limited) – interview opportunities with participants will be available. Anyone wishing to cover the event please contact  Danny Phillips, communications officer: 07944 664110 / Stephen Low,  policy officer  07956852822.


For further Comment contact:

Danny Phillips, communications officer:  07944 664110

Stephen Low, policy officer:  07956 852822