Meeting Future Health Needs in Dumfries & Galloway – a Trade Union Perspective

 
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The September meeting of Dumfries Trades Union Council (DTUC) on Monday 4th September will hear a detailed report from Dumfries & Galloway UNISON health service branch secretary, James Beattie, on some of the challenges currently facing NHS Dumfries & Galloway, which provides health services for 146,500 people across an area of 2,400 square miles.

“The NHS is rightly seen throughout Scotland as a key part of our Welfare State and a highly valued public service,” said Dumfries TUC secretary John Dennis, “and the vast majority of Scottish people are proud of its achievements and the high quality of service it provides – for everyone.”

“But we know that creeping privatisation of the NHS in England has caused problems for the service there and we are determined that no such practices are introduced into the service here in Scotland,” Mr Dennis continued. “Yet every year now parts of the media run scare stories about the NHS, suggesting standards are being eroded, that the service is becoming overloaded and that it faces shortages of staff and funding, with the clear implication that privatisation is the answer to these problems.”

Mr Dennis went on, “As trade unionists in Dumfries we remain absolutely committed to supporting a publicly run and properly funded NHS and that is why we have invited Dumfries & Galloway UNISON health service branch secretary Jimmy Beattie to our September meeting to give us a detailed update on what is happening locally as regards developments in NHS services.”

Mr Beattie, who is also employee director on NHS Dumfries & Galloway health board, has a detailed knowledge of local NHS services over many years and will be providing a review of those services and, in particular, the issues facing local NHS employees and patients across the range of services provided by NHS Dumfries & Galloway, just ahead of the opening of the new Royal Infirmary at Cargenbridge.

The meeting is scheduled for 5.45pm at the UNISON/Unite offices at 1 George Street, Dumfries, just along from Barbours furniture store. All trade unionists are welcome to attend.

For further details please contact DTUC secretary John Dennis on 0789 044 4650.

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Following the Unison members' vote by 91% to accept the pay offer we will advise the employer of our decision. Unfortunately we have to wait till the other 2 unions complete their consultation process. GMB are recommending acceptance of the offer (they delayed this consultation till now and won't complete it till near the end of February) and Unite have consulted and voted narrowly to reject the offer (they are now considering whether they should hold a 'statutory' ballot for strike action and whether they would be able to deliver effective action). Unison members by far out number the other 2 unions but we respect their right to complete their consultations. Unfortunately this will delay the timescale for paying out the pay rise. As soon as we have any more details we will let you know. ...

2 weeks ago

Unison Dumfries & Galloway

Pay offer acceptPress Release:

UNISON members overwhelmingly vote to accept pay offer for council workers

UNISON, the largest union in local government, have today informed COSLA that their members have overwhelmingly voted to accept the pay offer for local government workers.

The move follows a consultative ballot of UNISON Scotland local government members in which 91% voted in favour of the deal and in record numbers. UNISON’s ballot closed on Thursday 31 January.

Results of the ballot were announced at UNISON Scotland’s Local Government Committee today (Friday 1 February).

The pay offer would deliver 9.5% cost of living increase over three years: 3.5% for 2018-19, 3% for 2019-20 and 3% for 2020-21. In addition it provides a commitment to fully consolidating the living wage, putting more money in the pockets of lower paid council workers, something UNISON has been campaigning on for years.

It also provides a commitment to re-open negotiations in the event of another local government bargaining group’s total pay offer value is revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed between COSLA Employers and the SJC Trade Unions for the SJC workforce for the period of the agreement. The award will be backdated to 1 April 2018.

UNISON Head of local government Scotland Johanna Baxter said: “This is a great outcome, delivered as a direct result of the campaigning activity and political lobbying efforts of UNISON members up and down the country. The cost of living increases meet current and projected levels of RPI and we have secured commitments to fully consolidate the living wage and maintain parity across the local government workforce. Our members have been waiting on a pay increase for over a year now so look forward to receiving their increase soon."

UNISON chair of local government committee in Scotland Mark Ferguson said: “UNISON has campaigned hard to get the best deal we can for local government workers. While the offer does not make up for the many years of austerity, the offer, and particularly the commitment to consolidate the Living Wage, provides important safeguards for our lowest paid members.

"We will work to ensure this is properly delivered and local government workers will now receive back dated money in their pay packets in coming months.”

Notes:
- The improved pay offer has come after months of campaigning and negotiations by the SJC trades unions.
- The offer would deliver cost of living increases of 3.5% for 2018-19, 3% for 2019-20 and 3% for 2020-21. In addition it provides a commitment to fully consolidating the Living Wage and provides for negotiations to be re-opened in the event that any other local government bargaining group’s total pay offer value is revised such that it becomes greater than the sum agreed with the SJC trade unions.
- Read COSLA offer letter here: Formal SJC Pay Offer 191218
- UNISON are the largest trade union in Scottish Local Government – representing 80,000 local government workers across the
country – and the largest trade union in the UK.
Local government workers have endured a decade of austerity with job cuts, and a decade real terms pay cuts.
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Pay offer accept

The online ballot closes Bert soon - if you haven't already voted please make your opinion count - vote!

You can vote on the revised pay offer here:-
unison.tfaforms.net/56 or you can phone 0800 0857 857.

Please note you will need your membership number or National Insurance number.
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The online ballot closes Bert soon  - if you havent already voted please make your opinion count - vote!

You can vote on the revised pay offer here:-
https://unison.tfaforms.net/56 or you can phone 0800 0857 857.

Please note you will need your membership number or National Insurance number.

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Reject a 3% rise. But accept a 3 5% rise😕.

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