Update April 2021

LG Pay 2021  

Preparations are underway for the consultative ballot and further campaign resources will be circulated in advance of the ballot opening.   

LG Hustings – Thursday 15th April, 7pm

Three of the five major parties have now confirmed they will send a representative to our online hustings event which will be live-streamed on Facebook. 

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LG ‘One Year of Covid’ Survey –  Members should have already received a national reminder, however please see link below

Return of schools 

As you will be aware nearly all pupils are due to return to full-time school when the Easter holidays end. 

However, children who are on the shielding list are advised to stay at home until 26 April, in line with advice from the Chief Medical Officer. All other pupils, will return to school once the summer term starts. 

Strict 2 metre physical distancing between pupils in secondary schools will be removed and schools will consider how they can strengthen other mitigations. 

Following the national expansion of lateral flow testing, twice-weekly tests are available for all school staff in primary, secondary and special schools and for secondary school pupils. 

More info on the return of schools here: 

https://www.gov.scot/news/return-to-full-time-school

Reassurance of Safety of COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test  

There have been inaccurate posts on social media and on-line regarding the safety of Covid-19 lateral flow tests in relation to the use of ethylene oxide in the sterilization of the swabs. We urge everyone to get their facts from reputable sources. 

Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, Public Health England COVID-19 Incident Director, said: 

 “Parents, children and staff should feel reassured that lateral flow tests used in schools have been rigorously tested and are completely safe to use on a regular basis. Any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate and harmful misinformation.” 

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said:  

“Lateral flow tests have been rigorously tested and are safe to use on a regular basis. Any suggestion otherwise is inaccurate and harmful misinformation. 

“The manufacturers have confirmed that 1-2ug/g of ethylene oxide is used in the swabs, which is well within national/international safety standards. 

“We are working closely with social media platforms to help them identify and take action to remove incorrect claims about the pandemic, including deliberately false information that could endanger people’s health.” 

Local Government Pay 2021

You will be aware from our previous correspondence that we urged COSLA to improve their current pay offer by today, the normal pay implementation date.  They have not done so.   

Your UNISON Local Government committee have met and agreed that we should reject the offer and mobilise for action. 

It is anticipated that the digital ballot will open on the 12th April and preparations are underway for this.  As part of that we will draft some FAQs and some key messages to help explain the offer and the rationale for the recommendation.  These, and other supporting materials/graphics etc, will come out to you in due course. 

UNISON Update April 1 2021

LG Pay 

Please see below the latest correspondence sent to COSLA following our SJC Steering Group meeting this morning.  Please note the Local Government Committee meets to consider this issue on the morning of Thursday 1st April.  Preparations for a consultative ballot are underway. 

LG Survey 

You should now all have received your LG survey.  Please do fill it in and encourage all members to do likewise.  The initial response has been really good but the more data we have the better our info. 

LG Hustings 

All major political parties have now been invited to our UNISON Local Government Scottish Parliamentary election hustings which has been organised to take place on Thursday 15th April at 7pm.   

The event will be held online and each Party has been invited to nominate a representative to attend who they think will best represent their views in this area.  The event will be open to all of our LG members and more information will be sent out to all once further details have been confirmed.