Updates on LG Pay, Long Covid and Mitigation in Schools

We understand that the Cabinet secretary for Finance has agreed to a joint meeting with COSLA Leaders to discuss the funding situation for local government and that meeting is due to take place this Wednesday.

LG Pay Negotiations Update 

We understand that the Cabinet secretary for Finance has agreed to a joint meeting with COSLA Leaders to discuss the funding situation for local government and that meeting is due to take place this Wednesday.  Thereafter COSLA Leaders are due to meet on Friday, at which point it is likely they will take a view on affordability with respect to improving the pay offer following the discussions with the Cabinet Secretary.  This is the final week of the Scottish Parliament sitting before the summer recess and we have asked Mark Griffin MSP to see if he can get an urgent question laid on this issue to add additional pressure on the Scottish Government.  We will keep you abreast of developments. 

TUC webinar: Long Covid and the workplace  

The TUC is hosting a webinar discussing the results of its survey of Long Covid in the workplace, current policy relating to the condition, the related campaign priorities and what unions can do to support workers experiencing symptoms.  It’s open to all TU activists, reps and officers with an interest in the issue.  It is being held at 7pm on the 30th June and you can register here: http://msg.unison.org.uk/c/1nhZGBmZ1Qq0KNsxs5tm9 

Mitigations in Schools post-summer 

Please find attached an advice note regarding planning for mitigations in schools post-summer holidays, including in respect of the schools asymptomatic testing programme. This has been developed with input from members, including unions, of the Covid Education Recovery Group (CERG) and draws on advice from the Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues.  

The approach reflects the current uncertainty around the Delta variant and the position post-summer, and the advice received that removal of some key mitigations in school environments is significantly easier than reintroduction.  

As referenced in the note, separate advice on ELC settings is expected to be produced and issued shortly. The ELC guidance is expected to reflect important key differences in the situation faced by schools and ELC settings, including that many ELC settings will be operating over the summer while local authority areas progress through different protection levels, and that some current mitigations result in capacity issues that will have a bearing on decisions that local authorities need to take about placements ahead of the next academic term.  

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Voting has opened for the NEC election

   
Voting has opened for the NEC election    
The ballot papers have been sent out for one of the most important elections in UNISON’s democracy – for seats on the union’s national executive council.

It’s not just about voting yourself. General secretary Christina McAnea asks everyone to spread the word – to friends, family, colleagues, anyone who’s a UNISON member – to exercise their democratic voice.  
News from UNISON  
Human rights: UNISON demands due diligence in supply chains The union is part of a civil society coalition demanding a UK law that holds companies and public sector bodies to account if they fail to address both human rights abuses and environmental damage.

A ‘failure to prevent’ law would increase protection for workers, communities, human rights defenders and the environment.  
Christina McAnea walks the Memorial Wall General secretary Christina McAnea has visited the National Covid Memorial Wall, along the South Bank of the Thames in London. The mural consists of thousands of red and pink hearts, each one commemorating 150,000 people who have died of the virus.  

Calling her experience “incredibly moving and very emotional”, Ms McAnea says the wall – and the messages that have been written on it – “really brings home to you that every single death is the death of an individual who was loved.”  

Coming up   Health: International Nurses’ Day 2021 The theme for this year’s celebration of the nursing community, on 12 May 2021, is A voice to lead – a vision for future healthcare. UNISON wants branches and members to join its live event and share their stories.

UNISON Updates April 2021

Pay Ballot

There is only a week left to go on the ballot so it’s important members contact the branch asap if they have not yet received their ballot.

One Year of Covid Survey 

The press release issued for our One Year of Covid survey can be found here: 

It has already received some coverage: 

https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/union-reveals-stress-and-workload-impact-of-pandemic-on-local-government-workers

We have sent this to all Council Leaders but have yet to receive a single response.  We also raised it today at the SJC Steering Group. 

Covid Updates: