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Queen’s Speech

June 22nd, 2017

Below is our briefing on the Scottish implications of the Queen’s Speech as it impacts on UNISON members.   ebrief Queens Speech June 2017



UNISON will smash the public sector 1% pay cap


Industrial Action Ballot Results

June 2nd, 2017

The result of the Industrial Action ballot for UNISON members in Scottish local government which closed yesterday was announced today. The result was a 62.7% vote in favour of industrial action. Details below: • Number of votes cast; 15,214 • Number of yes votes; 9,540 • Number of no votes; 5,662 • Number of spoiled […]


SJC Pay Claim ballot for Industrial Action opens

May 11th, 2017

Local Government members ballot for industrial action opens today and closes 30th May. Remember due to inflation the 1% pay increase is actually real terms pay cut and this is unacceptable . UNISON Scotland and the branch recommend that member vote to take industrial action . Our members give 100% and they deserve more than […]


Local Government Pay Offer – Update

April 10th, 2017

UNISON Members have overwhelmingly  voted to reject the employers’ pay offer in a consultative ballot – the results were To reject the offer 77.6% To accept the offer 22.4% Dougie Black, regional organiser for UNISON Scotland, said: “Local government workers have suffered years of pay restraint and their pay is worth far less now than ten […]



April 3rd, 2017

On Saturday 1 April 2017 UNISON Scotland launched its manifesto for the local government elections – it calls for sustainable funding for local government; local delivery of services; investment in social care with direct monitoring of care services and sufficient weighting to fair work in contracts and adoption with UNISON Ethical Care Charter; protection of […]


SJC Pay Offer and Consultation Ballot

March 13th, 2017

On Thursday the 9th of March the Local Government Committee considered the final offer made by the employers in respect of SJC Pay and unanimously decided to recommend REJECTION of the offer. The committee also agreed to consult our members in a digital online ballot commencing 17th March and closing at 12 noon on 7th […]


New Council Budget

March 2nd, 2017

The new Council Budget announced by the Labour administration and supported by the SNP Group and some Independent Councillors from our initial read continues the no compulsory redundancy policy, and requires no savings from Terms&Conditions. Also, some of our Budget savings suggestions from members were adopted. We are in the process of scrutinising the details […]


AGM, Thursday 9th of March 2017

February 23rd, 2017

  AGENDA Appointment of Chairperson Guest Speaker: Mike Kirby, Scottish Secretary for UNISON Appointment of Scrutineers Minute of AGM meetings held March 2016 Matters arising from the 2016 AGM meetings Treasurer’s Report, Accounts & Appointment of auditor Branch Officers Honoraria Election to Branch Posts and Delegations Branch Assessment Motions (see overleaf) AOCB with Question and […]


Branch Secretary’s perspective – Council Reshape

February 8th, 2017

In June 2014 (Full Council), the Chief Executive brought forward a report providing financial information to assist elected members to develop a five-year financial strategy and a three-year budget. This report was developed further and was approved by elected members at Full Council on 18th Dec 2014. The ambitious proposal for the reduction of directorates […]


UNISON Budget Suggestions

January 23rd, 2017

In view of ongoing budget cuts within the Council, UNISON have been engaging with both the Council and the Councillors to bring forward our own list of money-saving or income-generating suggestions. We are fully committed to minimizing the negative impacts of this current austerity on employees. We appreciate the contribution of our members to some […]


Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts, says UNISON report

January 16th, 2017

UNISON Scotland publishes major report on school support staff: This is one of the biggest surveys of school support staff undertaken for years. It paints a bleak picture of school support staff under pressure, struggling to provide high standards to pupils in Scotland. Support staff report heavier workloads, jobs cuts, lack of educational supplies, and dirtier […]


Clerical Staff in Schools – update

December 16th, 2016

At UNISON’s branch meeting on the 10th of December serious concerns were raised about the treatment of Clerical Staff in Schools regarding the re-structure of their services.  The Branch decided to consider taking forward a ballot for industrial action to support these members. At the Joint Trade Union Education Issues Group meeting on Wednesday, 14 December […]


Primary Clerical Assistants Working Group Meeting 6 Dec.

December 7th, 2016

A working group consisting of Primary Clerical Assistants, Primary Head Teachers, School Support Managers, Education Staff and UNISON Stewards met on Tuesday, 6 December 2016. The first statement which Mr Colin Grant made was that there would be ‘NO DECISIONS TAKEN TODAY’. He went on to say that the Education Department had to find £250,000 […]


Thousands of council jobs at risk in Scotland

December 5th, 2016

Scottish councils have been forced to cut 7,000 jobs in the past year due to £350m funding cuts, council chiefs have warned. The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) also said that further cuts to local government funding next week will have ‘severe’ consequences for jobs across Scotland. COSLA president, Cllr. David O’Neill, said: ‘There […]


Breaking News for Non-Teaching Primary School Staff in the 2-18 Service Review

November 30th, 2016

UNISON would like to reassure Clerical/Facilities Assistants employed in primary schools that we are now in full consultation with Dumfries & Galloway Council in connection with the ongoing 2-18 Service Review.   A vibrant team of Unison Officers, who work in Education, are working together to get the best results for our members. The way forward […]



November 25th, 2016

WORRIED ABOUT PAYING YOUR WINTER FUEL BILL? Get help staying warm this winter… With rising fuel costs and another cold winter imminent many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills. Help is on hand   ‘There for You’ has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on […]



October 7th, 2016

We know the council wants ideas on how to save money. There’s no-one better placed to know where this is can be done than the people providing the Council’s services. THIS MEANS YOU! You may or may not have attended one of the Public Consultations over the past week – there’re more next week if you’ve got […]


Misinformed about the effect of Council cuts?

September 29th, 2016

Yesterday the Council assured the employees there will be no redundancies or cuts to Terms & Conditions. Listen however, to the audio of Policy and Resources Committee on  15 September 2016. Who’s really in charge – Elected Members or Council Officers? . . . Listen to the full audio of the Policy & Resources Committee meeting […]


Council’s latest budget cuts threaten jobs

September 26th, 2016

It’s not news that there have been severe cuts to the Council’s finances over the past five years and a further £21million has to be cut in the coming year.  UNISON has campaigned throughout this time for the Council to keep its no compulsory redundancy policy and to protect your pay and conditions, and till now this […]


UNISON D&G to fight austerity cuts via Council Elections

August 31st, 2016

UNISON D&G proposes independent candidates to stand in the 2017 Council Elections to challenge Council’s austerity cuts. The following motion to approach other unions to support the idea was carried the Branch’s August Executive meeting: “This motion calls upon the UNISON Dumfries Local Government Branch committee to make contact with sister trade unions in Dumfries & Galloway to […]


NEWSFLASH! Up to 4 years excess mileage for redeployed Learning Assistants

August 30th, 2016

Learning Assistants – have you been redeployed? Did you know that if you’ve been redeployed by Dumfries & Galloway Council you are entitled to claim excess mileage from your last base school to your current base school  for a maximum of up to 4 years? The current applicable mileage allowance is £0.25 per mile.


Supporting Learners Review and Procedure for Transfer for Supernumerary Nursery Nurses

June 28th, 2016

A number of issues have been brought to our attention by Members regarding the Supporting Learners Review and Procedure for Transfer for Supernumerary Nursery Nurses. UNISON has today raised a number of issues with Mr Colin Grant, Director of Children and Young Peoples Lifelong Learning (CYPLL) and Dr Gillian Brydson, Head of Education.  UNISON has […]


UNISON School Uniform Grant – APPLY NOW!

June 17th, 2016

Worried about back to school costs? Are you: — struggling to cope with the rising cost of living? — finding that you’re having to economise in every area of expenditure? Help is on hand! UNISON has set up a limited fund to help members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a […]


Standing up for fair recruitment practices at Dumfries & Galloway Council

June 13th, 2016

As the Council’s restructuring continues, the ways in which matching pools have been selected have varied widely from the Council’s actual procedures. UNISON Dumfries & Galloway is holding the Council to account to ensure fair recruitment practice. Some Council staff feel they are being treated unfairly when it comes to job-matching and have shared their worries with […]


Further Education Pay Deal Agreed

January 13th, 2016

  UNISON Scotland’s FE Sector members accepted this “full and final” pay offer in our consultation ballot which ended on 18th January 2016. In November 2015 UNISON members across all Scottish Further Education Colleges resoundingly rejected the ‘final’ offer to emerge from the first ever round of  Scottish pay negotiations and members signalled their desire […]


Senior Learning Assistant – Recruitment concerns resolved

January 11th, 2016

Following contact from our members regarding issues with the recruitment web-link, UNISON contacted management and asked for an extension of 1 week to the closing date for the applications. We are pleased to advise that following further discussion with management the closing date has now been extended to 22 January 2016. The My Job Scotland website cannot be used […]


Private car business use insurance

January 8th, 2016

This is a reminder to members that if they use their own vehicle for work they must ensure their motor vehicle insurance policy has business use included. Most companies will now add this on request at no extra charge, but even a small fee is better than being uninsured. So don’t be caught out; we […]


SSSC survey now open

December 24th, 2015

UNISON is urging all of its members to respond to this request from the SSSC Chief Executive, Anna Fowlie. “We’re starting research to help develop our next strategic plan, looking ahead to our priorities for 2017-2020. The first step is a survey asking for as many people as possible’s views on the SSSC, our role […]


Scottish Parliament Playground Survey

December 18th, 2015

A petition to Scottish Parliament public petition committee is :  Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review and amend national legislation and guidance given to local authorities to ensure that all primary schools are required to provide playground supervision in the twenty-minute period before school starts. The Public Petitions Committee […]