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Take One Action Film Festival 2013

UNISON is once again supporting the Take One Action! Film Festival which runs from 27th September until 12th October. Take One Action – Scotland’s global change film festival spotlights stories that connect us across the planet: from the Occupy movement to climate change, women’s global empowerment, fracking, international development and more.

See here for more

TUC hears of UN concerns over UK union rights

The UN says the UK must strengthen trade union rights, UNISON's Liz Cameron told TUC delegates as they debated international issues an the busy final day of the TUC conference in Bournemouth. See more here

UNISON Scotland - why we're answering the call for our NHS Rally in Manchester 29 September 2013

David Cameron and George Osborne might not run NHS Scotland, but that doesn't mean that they aren't attacking it. We must fight to save it. We all use the NHS so we need to support those on the front line trying to protect this vital service. See here for more

The Energy Bill

During the Queens speech, the government announced it was continuing to progress its energy bill through the legislative session. The fact that the bill was not completed during its first legislative session speaks volumes about the way this important issue is being managed within government. It also gives a clear indication of the internal tensions that exist within the coalition on this policy matter.
 
UNISON has some key concerns about the direction of travel this government is following, none of which are adequately addressed by this proposed legislation. See more here

The real cost of Benefits

If you believe some sections of the media and the Government you may be under the impression that the cost of benefits is out of control and will bankrupt the country if not severely cut back.

However, is this really the case? See here for the other side of the argument.

Mayday in Glasgow 2013

The Annual Mayday March will take place in Glasgow on Sunday 5th June 2013.

See here for full details

The NEC Elections

The national executive council (NEC) is the body that runs UNISON and takes key decisions that affect you as a UNISON member. Elections are now taking place to the NEC, and the people elected will be responsible for the way UNISON is run for the next two years.
See here for more

Pension Auto-Enrolment

UNISON has produced a leaflet and poster to inform members about the introduction of auto-enrolment pensions in your workplaces. See here for more

Protected Pensions Update

UNISON have published a Response to Department of Work and Pensions “Abolition of Contracting OutStatutory Override for Protected Persons Regulations" The proposed changes could impact all employees who are members of the protected scheme.

The full response can be found here.

A letter from the Branch to the Pensions Trustees can be seen here

A motion on this matter was passed at the AGM, See it here

International Workers memorial Day - 28 April 2013

Work kills more people worldwide than war. Remember the Dead, Fight for the living! See here for more FACK (Families Against Corporate Killers) have their story to tell. See here for more

Hope Not Hate targeted by BNP thugs

Hope not Hate were leafletting in Havering despite threats and intimidation by right wing thugs. See the video here

A second video has been found showing how the brave men of the BNP and EDL pick on a couple of HnH activists and bully and threaten them. They shout abuse into their faces and threaten them with all sorts until they flee the area. A group of 15 men against a man and a woman. See the bullies at work here and how to support Hope not Hate. (Warning for strong language)

Branch AGM

Members are reminded that the Annual General Meeting is being held on Friday 1st March 2013 in the Mercure Hotel, Ingram Street, Glasgow. This is the chance for members to raise the issues that matter to them with the Branch and to have a say in what direction the Branch moves. Now, more than ever, members need to get behind the Branch to support the protection of all our jobs and our conditions. Take this opportunity to practice Union democracy and have your say!

A copy of the invite letter can be found here. If you have not yet returned your acceptance please do so. Alternatively you can e-mail Willie Docherty to let him know you will be there.



International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

6th February 2013

The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is observed each year to raise awareness about this practice. See more here

Scottish Hazards Conference Report

Ross Colvin, the Branch Health and Safety Officer attended the Conference. His report can be found here

Get the UNISON App for your phone

The UNISON app offers up to date advice on your rights at work, how to get active and fight austerity and how to protect the public services we all use, as well as letting you join UNISON and updating your membership details. The app is available, free, for iPhoneAndroid and Blackberry phone users now. It will be available for Windows phones very soon. Get the App here

STUC St Andrew's Day march against racism and fascism

The march will: Assemble: 10:30am Glasgow Green. March Off: 11:00am with the rally from12 noon at Glasgow Film Theatre, Rose Street. More details here

Hope Not Hate - True Brits, the new face of the Far Right

A new fascist party is being born in Britain. Called True Brits (TB), it is made up of current and former members of the British National Party (BNP) and it will seek to attract the hundreds of activists who have left the BNP in recent years. See here for more

After the March in Glasgow.

Stewards from the Branch joined thousands of others in opposing the austerity cuts of the ConDem government. Links to the day will be added later but meantime some photos of the day can be found here.

Stewards at the March

A message from Elaine to the Branch:

UNISON branches and communities across Scotland are gearing up for a massive STUC demonstration in Glasgow on 20 October to demand ‘a future that works’ as opposed to disastrous cuts and austerity policies.

Sister events are also being held in London and Belfast and UNISON leaders from all services are urging as many people as possible to attend.

The event will start in George Square at 11am and march to Glasgow Green. See more.

UNISON is proud to be work with Hope Not Hate, a non party political organisation dedicated to opposing the politics of racial hate from the BNP, the English Defence League and their Scottish sidekicks. See the Hope Not Hate website.

It would be worth reading "Where now for the British Far Right". With the economy faltering, austerity biting and economic pessimism growing, the conditions for racism and racist scapegoating could hardly be better. So why are the Far Right contracting? Read the article and take part in the debate.

Interested in Green Issues?

If you are interested in Green Issues then you should register with Green UNISON. Although mailing is irregular, updates and campaigns will be advised to registered members.

Energy Networks Pay Deal Agreed

Trade unions representing thousands of workers in the Energy Networks and Connections businesses of Scottish Power have agreed a breakthrough 10% pay rise over three years.
See here for more

Take One Action Film Festival 2012

UNISON is delighted to be partnering with the Take One Action! Film Festival again this year. The Festival runs from Friday 21st September until Saturday 6th October 2012 in Glasgow and Edinburgh. See here for more

Dave Prentis addresses the TUC Conference

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis told the TUC Congress that now was the ‘time for action’ to end the government’s damaging austerity measures. See the full story

Fight For A Future That Works

UNISON will be taking part in the TUC organised demonstrations on Saturday 20th October. For more information about the Glasgow March, click here. If you want to know what the Branch is doing then contact us. Fight for a future that works!

UNISON Rewards

The new UNISON Rewards programme offers online shopping discounts and cashback and the new Prepaid Plus card offers in-store discounts and cashback. See here for details

Health problems rife amongst call centre workers

The physical and mental health of the UK’s million call centre workers is at significant risk, despite health and safety regulations, a UNISON survey has found. Read more here

Employment Rights under attack

The coalition government has made it easier for employers to sack staff, and harder for workers to take claims for bad treatment to an employment tribunal. Maternity rights are at risk and health and safety protection under fire. See here for more

Oppose Female Genital Mutilation

Thousands of young girls and women in the UK are at risk of female genital mutilation every year. Last month, a Sunday Times investigation revealed that undercover reporters had filmed a “respected dentist” and an “alternative medicine practitioner” offering to perform this operation right here in the UK. Since the article’s publication, there have been two arrests. Read more and sign the petition here

Support The White Ribbon Campaign

The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the UK branch of the global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women. It is unique as the first male oriented organisation to oppose violence against women. See here for more

Support Actsa and get free access to Summer Festivals

As you may be aware, we are supporters of The Workers Beer Company (WBC) and in the past have helped staff events to raise funding for ACTSA Scotland (Action for South Africa).

We have just heard today from WBC about their list of events for this year, and need to put in my bids for volunteer places by Friday, 20th April.  I would therefore be glad to hear as soon as possible from any members who would like to volunteer to staff the bars at any of these events.  We would then hear much nearer the festival dates just how many places have been allocated to us. See here for more

Energy Retail Pay Ballot - Result

Following the return of ballot paper the result is that the majority of members voted to accept the deal offered for 2012/13. The percentage of votes in favour was 64.6%

Energy Retail Pay Ballot - 13th January 2012

The ballot papers have been issued to all Energy Retail members. Completed forms must be returned by Friday 27th January. The result will be advised as soon as known. If you have nor received your ballot paper please contact Robert Wylie as soon as possible.

Energy Retail Pay Update - 20th December 2011

Now that the pay deal has been sent out for everyone to read through, it may be helpful to go into a few points in more detail to give an insight into the talks that took place.

Read more here

Day of Action - 30th November 2011

UNISON members were out in force defending their pensions on the streets of Glasgow. See here for more.

 

 

 

 

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