NHS – 94% of UNISON members have voted to accept a pay deal

 
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“In this video Lilian Macer UNISON Scotland convener and Tam Waterson Chair of the Scottish Health Committee explain why we now want to negotiate on pay direct with the Scottish Government and not the UK NHS Pay Review Board. UNISON, Scotland’s biggest health union, is calling on the Scottish Government to set up formal structures to negotiate direct with NHS unions in Scotland, and officially leave the UK’s NHS Pay Review Body.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKX5MQwrOok

“Video produced by Walter Gaffney, UNISON Communications Committee Activist, for UNISON Scotland”.

This call came after NHS members voted to accept a new three year pay deal direct with the Scottish Government on 17 August 2018. This was after years of being given 1% pay rises from through UK’s NHS Pay Review Body. This was the first year UNISON Scotland had negotiated directly with Scottish Government.

The UK’s NHS Pay Review Body negotiates with health unions on pay on behalf of the NHS across the UK. UNISON members do not believe that the NHS Pay Review Body listens to their concerns. It has been calling on the Scottish Government to set up pay negotiating structures directly with unions in Scotland.

Thomas Waterson, chair of the UNISON Health Committee said: “Today I am pleased to announce that 94% of UNISON members have voted to accept a pay deal which will put an additional £400m into NHS workers pay packets in Scotland. This deal delivers real increases of between 3 and 27% for NHS workers in Scotland. The strong endorsement by UNISON members makes it clear that we do not need to wait cap in hand for the Pay Review Body. This institution as it stands is dead in the water.

Eighteen months ago some people said that we couldn’t negotiate a separate pay deal for NHS workers in Scotland. Then they said that we couldn’t negotiate a better deal for Scotland. The Scottish Government should commit now to develop negotiating structures in Scotland and allow us to self determine on pay.”

Matt McLaughlin, UNISON Scotland Head of Health said: “This is a good result for UNISON members and I am happy that across Scotland we reached out to and engaged with the vast majority of our members. Their decision is a ringing endorsement of the offer.”

UNISON was the only major union in NHS Scotland to recommend the deal to members and has engaged in a month long consultation process across Scotland.

The union consulted almost 60,000 NHS workers in Scotland in a four week ballot.

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4 days ago

Unison Dumfries & Galloway

UNISON Scotland , Unite Scotland and GMB Scotland are united in saying enough is enough on local government pay . For years we have had below inflation pay rises forced upon us which have result in real term pay cuts across all staff .

Now is the time to stand up and fight .

In the coming weeks we will be putting the offer to our members with the recommendation it is rejected !!!! This will give us the mandate to demand our employer Dumfries and Galloway Council and The Scottish Government ensure our members get a real terms pay cut and start to look to compensate staff for years of pay cuts !!!
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UNISON Scotland , Unite Scotland and GMB Scotland are united in saying enough is enough on local government pay . For years we have had below inflation pay rises forced upon us which have result in real term pay cuts across all staff . 

Now is the time to stand up and fight . 

In the coming weeks we will be putting the offer to our members with the recommendation it is rejected !!!! This will give us the mandate to demand our employer Dumfries and Galloway Council and The Scottish Government ensure our members get a real terms pay cut  and start to look to compensate staff for years of pay cuts !!!Image attachmentImage attachment

1 week ago

Unison Dumfries & Galloway

Unison shares the same concerns of other union’s for the safety of staff and pupils . The council must not reopen the facility until it is 100% sure the building is safe to avoid further injury to anyone .

Once this is done questions then must be answered to how this has been allowed to happen .NORTH WEST COMMUNITY CAMPUS - COUNCIL STATEMENT (11.09.18)

Following the closure of the North West Community Campus, our priority is continuing children’s learning in safe spaces. We want pupils and staff back in classrooms as soon as possible. The outcomes of the independent inspection are still being determined, and the Council is seeking absolute assurance that every classroom has been deemed safe.

The Council has been working on a number of contingency plans to ensure the continuity of young people’s education for the pupils in North West Community Campus. Until we have the assurance that the North West Community Campus is safe, we are putting these plans into place.

• From Wednesday, senior phase pupils will be back in classrooms and learning again: S4 pupils and teachers will be travelling to St Joseph’s College and S5 and S6 pupils and teachers will be travelling to Dumfries High School from the North West Community Campus. Travel arrangements have been put in place to transport the young people safely to these schools.

• Primary 7, S1, S2 and S3 pupils will be based in Lochside Primary School along with teaching staff from Thursday.

• Nursery and P1 to P6 will be based in St Ninian’s Primary School along with teacher and nursery staff from Thursday.

• The Learning Centre and associated staff will also be based at St Ninian’s Primary from Thursday.

The Council is committed to getting the North West Community Campus open again. Decisions will be taken as appropriate once we have assurances that the facility is safe for pupils, staff and the wider community. Providing the best start in life for all our young people is a priority for the Council. Therefore, the decision to get children back into appropriate learning environments as quickly as possible is our focus.

Additional study support for senior phase pupils will be provided throughout the year.
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Unison shares the same concerns of other union’s  for the safety of staff and pupils . The council must not reopen the facility until it is 100%  sure the building is safe to avoid further injury to anyone .

Once this is done questions then must be answered to how this has been allowed to happen .

1 week ago

Unison Dumfries & Galloway

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