Employer’s fails – acceptable pay offer

Given the employer’s failure to put forward an acceptable pay offer by the review date of 1st April we are seeking your views on whether you are willing to take some form of action, up to and including strike action, in pursuit of an improved and acceptable pay offer.

UNISON’s Scottish Local Government Committee is recommending that you vote YES to indicate your willingness to take some form of action in pursuit of an improved and acceptable offer from the employer.

We believe this is now the only way to achieve movement in the employer’s position.

If you’ve not received an e-mail with your voting link please, in the first instance, check your junk/spam folders. If it’s not there and you still have not received it by 15th April please call 0800 0 857 857 or log in to MyUnison (https://www.unison.org.uk/my-unison/) to check that the details we hold for you are up to date.

If you don’t have an e-mail address on your system/your e-mail address has recently changed you can still vote as long as your membership records are updated before 18th April 2022 you will receive an e-mail with your voting link.

To update your details call 0800 0 857 857 or log in to MyUnison

If the system tells you that you have already voted when you haven’t this is a safety feature to help prevent duplicate voting. We suspect this happens when you have clicked on the ballot link and closed it before voting and the system then blocks the IP address. Members should clear their cookies and try the link again. It should then work.

LGBT+ Pride Events

For some time now we have been trying to communicate with branches regarding Pride events in your local area with limited success.

In order for us to better understand the support available to members and assist with events in branches and the areas you cover, can you please provide the some information in the document below.

See also a list of pride events for 2022

Updated Covid Guidance for Care Homes & Testing Programme for Social Care

Please see the revised Covid guidance for adult and older people’s care homes and changes to the testing programme for social care.  Please note that these documents contain links to other relevant and associated information.

Health and Social Care Workforce Plan

Over the next five years, the Strategy commits to increasing the NHS workforce by 1,800 full-time posts – these posts are in addition to projected required workforce growth. Later this year the Scottish Government will publish, for the first time, projections of required workforce growth across health and social care, which will be reviewed annually. Other key actions include:  

  • Investing £11 million over the parliament to establish the Centre for Workforce Supply and fund recruitment campaigns to grow the health and social care workforce
  • Increasing the number of undergraduate medical school places over the course of this parliament by 500
  • Supporting up to 1,800 training places through the National Transition Training Fund for those interested in roles in adult social care
  • Recruiting 800 additional GPs by 2028
  • Further improving staff wellbeing measures
  • Increasing frontline health spending by at least 20% over this parliament and 
  • Increasing adult social care investment by at least by 25%

You can read the full plan here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/national-workforce-strategy-health-social-care/ (though think twice before pressing print – it’s 78 pages long!)

And some coverage of it here https://healthandcare.scot/default.asp?page=story&story=3040 and https://healthandcare.scot/default.asp?page=story&story=3039 

Modelling the Epidemic

The latest edition of Modelling the Epidemic is now out here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-modelling-epidemic-issue-no-94/