27th June – Fair Pay Day

The claim is as follows

A single year claim
£1,000 flat rate payment
The introduction of a Living Wage with a minimum hourly rate of £7.20
Encourage Community and Voluntary organisations, ALEO’s conditioned to the SJC to implement any settlement agreed.

It is not enough however to simply lodge the claim and hope that negotiations will prevail! We have to win the hearts and minds of our members as to why pay matters more than ever at this time.

Please go to Unison Scotland for all the information and campaign material..


School Clothing Costs

UNISON Welfare have set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income, with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of up to £120. Low income is defined as net income below £18,000pa. and no savings in excess of £800.

It appears that this helpful scheme is not as well known as it should be and the closing date is 6 July.
This will be on a 1st come, first served basis until budget runs out.

Further details and an application form at:


Unison Legal Services

Legal services are one of the key
reasons our members join UNISON.
They want the reassurance of
knowing that their union will provide
high quality legal services when they
need them, at no extra cost. But
survey after survey has shown that
many members are not yet aware of
the full range of services available
to them and their families. Click on link to download brochure on services available.

Download Brochure HERE


Local Government Conference

During the Monday morning session and following a very informative presentation from Ken Mulkearn IDS (Income Data Services) on pay claims Composite B on “Campaigning against Government Pay Policy” was debated.

This Composite was proposed by the national SOC (Standing Orders Committee) and covered motions 29, 29.1, 29.2, 33, 33.1, 33.2 and 35.

Kate Ramsden (Aberdeenshire) gave a Scottish context to this Composite and UNISON Fife delegates joined the vote by displaying their “Fair Pay leaflets” during the vote.

UNISON Fife had already agreed to support these motions and members should be heartened to know that the Composite was carried unanimously by Conference.