Tuesday, 18 September 2012

October 20th March in Glasgow

The STUC is organising a mass demonstration on 20th October in Glasgow. The event will coincide with a similar event in London under the banner ‘A future that works’.
The Coalition Government may be in crisis but they are still refusing to change course from their dangerous and damaging programme of cuts and austerity.

On the morning of Saturday 20th October, trade unionists and community activists from across Scotland will gather for a march through Glasgow to play our part in telling the Government that enough is enough.
In the coming weeks you can come to this site to download publicity materials, find out about transport, or volunteer to help on the day.

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Condem Government look to slash Employment Rights

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today warned that the ‘Beecroft lite’ proposals to slash employment rights will only fuel insecurity, making the UK’s unemployment levels higher and the recession worse.

These plans will cut unfair dismissal awards, deter people from taking claims against rogue employers, and put pressure on people to sign settlement agreements, under which people sign away their right to taking an unfair dismissal case at a later date. Coupled with new fees for Employment Tribunals due next year they represent a ‘lite’ proposal of those originally proposed by venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft in his report to Government.

Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary, said:

“These ‘Beecroft lite’ proposals are still a blatant attack on workers’ rights. The UK already has some of the weakest labour laws in Europe. Weighing the scales heavily in favour of bosses - who can hire and fire at will - will only fuel insecurity, lengthening the dole queues and making the UK’s damaging recession worse.

“UNISON will also be campaigning hard against plans to amend the TUPE rules that protect workers’ rights when they are transferred from one employer to another. We suspect that in the name of simplification the Coalition really want to make it easier transfer public services to the private sector, and spark a race to the bottom on pay, terms and conditions.”


UNISON Scotland Nursing Conference 30th September 2012

This one day conference will be held in the Trades Hall in Glasgow 10am to 4.30pm and  is open to our members across the whole nursing family, including: nurses, midwives, health visitors and healthcare assistants.
Together we will consider the key issues currently affecting members and offer an opportunity to debate the future of nursing in Scotland.
Conference speakers:
Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing Keynote Speaker
Ros Moore, Chief Nurse for Scotland ‘Maintaining and delivering safe nursing care on a reduced budget’
Gail Adams, Head of Nursing for UNISON ‘Protecting standards and you’
Glyn Jenkins, UNISON Head of Pensions Pensions debate
Gordon McKay, Chair of the Nursing Sector and NEC Member

Contact the Branch by phone or e-mail if you would like to go.


Wednesday 19th September sees us visiting the Hamilton Campus of UWS to encourage Student Nurses & Midwives to become part of the UNISON Family - Theres a great offer for them to join !

For only £10 a year they will get un-rivalled advice and representation when they need it as well as a bag of goodies including a a stethoscope & dictionary to get them started .

We'll be at the Freshers Fair from 10am  and giving presentations at 9.am and 9.30 in the lecture theatres.