Welcome to the new UNISON Scottish Health Care Website. Hopefully you will find this a useful resource as a UNISON member. The site is work in progress and new items will be added on a regular basis. Please feel free to use the contact form on the site to feedback any comments or suggestions you may have for items you may wish to be included in the future.
You may be aware that UNISON have been campaigning on the matter of Pay, and there have been a
few “Scrap the Cap” initiatives happening across UNISON Health Branches in Scotland.
At UNISON Scottish Health Committee held on Thursday August 24th, it was agreed that the next
main event around this campaign, will be a demonstration/rally down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh on
Saturday October 7th. March starting at 12 Noon. An application to the Police and Local Authority
has been made to allow us to organise this event, and we are not expecting any challenge back.
Therefore, we have to start organising now. To date, it has mainly been branch stewards/activists
who have been taking part in some small demonstrations/presence, but the message from Health
Committee was clear last week;
It’s your pay; it’s your demo – let’s be heard!
We are, quite correctly, asked continuously from members, what are UNISON going to do about the
miserable 1% pay rises, recommended year on year from the Pay Review Body, following a lengthy
pay freeze? As your Union, we will, and have, raised this matter with Scottish Government, and as
stated before, have taken part in several small publicity initiatives, to have this matter aired in the
wider public arena.
However, without a clear message going out from the wider membership that this is in fact a serious
matter to you as a member, then the chances we have on building a successful campaign around pay
would be minimal. There would be little benefit in moving towards any form of membership ballot on
forms of Industrial Action around pay, if the wider membership are viewed as not caring about the
implications of continued disgustingly low pay awards!
If you care about your pay – Get involved
This is your opportunity to make your voice heard, and take active part in the campaign as it moves
forward. As your UNISON branch, we will coordinate the organising of branch activity on the day.
This may also mean laying on Transport for those who live outside the Edinburgh area. It is hoped
that Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh can be booked out for the day by UNISON, with events for children
to take place. Therefore, it is an afternoon to bring along family members and children.
Your local steward should shortly be arranging members meetings to advise more on these plans,
and to gauge interest and collect names of those wishing to take part on the day.
Alternativley, if you want to indicate back to the branch direct, then please merely e-mail the branch at
email@example.com or leave a message on the branch phone on 0131 220 6903
More details will follow as soon as any updates are known.
UNISON Scottish Health Care
NHS union UNISON have launched a summer of campaign activity calling on the Scottish government to 'scrap the cap' on NHS pay, which will include UNISON members lobbying Scottish government
ministers on pay as they carry out their annual round of NHS board reviews.
UNISON represents almost 60,000 workers across NHS Scotland and have been extremely critical of government and the Independent Pay Review Body after a series of below inflation pay rises were awarded to NHS workers across the UK.
Tom Waterson, chair of UNISON Scotland's health committee said, “We cannot have another year where the UK Governments infatuation with austerity leads to another real terms cut in the pay of NHS workers. In recent months we’ve seen time and time again politicians praise the work of our loyal and dedicated NHS workforce but refuse to deliver a fair deal on pay.”
UNISON welcome the Scottish government’s recognition that the pay cap is hurting NHS workers.
However Tom Waterson said, “UNISON members welcome the recognition that the pay cap cannot continue. It is now time for that recognition to be turned into positive action. UNISON branches and members across Scotland will be using the next few months to secure Scottish pay bargaining and a fair deal for NHS workers.”
UNISON has welcomed the offer from the Scottish government to enter into separate pay bargaining in Scotland.
Tom Waterson said, “The Pay Review Body lost any pretence of independence when it awarded a below inflation 1% pay rise to NHS workers. The Scottish government’s suggestion that we dump the Pay Review Body and deal with pay in Scotland by negotiation is supported by UNISON and we will be using our influence to secure a conclusion which sees the Pay Review Body consigned to the bin as we campaign to ‘Scrap the Cap’.”
The union’s summer campaign will coincide with the annual review process which takes place in all NHS Scotland health boards. UNISON vows to be seen and heard at each and every event.
Matt McLaughlin, UNISON’s head of health for Scotland said, “UNISON is the only union in the NHS with the grass roots organisation and resources to organise and sustain a campaign like this. Across Scotland, UNISON activists and members will be seen and heard as we demand that the government ‘scrap the cap’”
Matt McLaughlin, head of health, 07904 341979
Danny Phillips, communications officer, 07944 664110
Scottish Health Care Branch
Scotland’s health workers are calling on the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) to ‘scrap the cap’ imposed on NHS staff.
In an open letter sent to the PRB today (Thursday), UNISON expressed the anger and disappointment of NHS staff at its recommendation to continue with a one per cent cap on wages. This is the
fourth consecutive year that the PRB have imposed real terms pay cuts upon dedicated, hardworking NHS staff and their families.
Matt McLaughlin, UNISON Scotland’s head of health, said: “UNISON is Scotland’s largest health union and we see firsthand the impact of the pay cap on health staff. NHS staff have suffered a
pay cap for the past four years and in that time have seen their take-home pay fall by a massive 14 per cent.
“The sad reality is that hospitals will struggle to keep skilled workers unless they’re rewarded with decent pay and it’s patients who will suffer as a result. Our NHS depends on having a
dedicated team of staff with the right training to deliver the best standard of care.”
UNISON has criticised the PRB for choosing to endorse the Westminster Government’s austerity agenda. The union is calling for a firm commitment from the PRB to deliver fair pay for NHS staff
and not to be bound by the government-imposed pay cap.
UNISON members and activists will meet at the Scottish Parliament to ‘Smash the Pay Freeze’ with a giant ice sculpture and will invite Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to
Tam Waterson, chair of UNISON Scotland’s health committee, said: “UNISON will continue to call for the NHS pay review to scrap the cap on pay for all NHS workers. Our members are at breaking
point; whether it’s our low-paid members working extra jobs or our professional members relying on bank work as the gap grows between take home pay and household costs.
“Hard-working, dedicated NHS workers tell us time and again how they love working in the health service but are struggling to make ends meet – no matter how hard they work. It’s time to smash the pay freeze.”
The UNISON AGM period is almost upon us once again. Branch aggregate AGM's will be held during the month of March. A list of these are advised at end of this message. For members who have up to date current postal address registered with us, you will shortly receive by post, a copy of the Branch Annual Report and information regards Branch Stewards & Officers nomination process.
These AGM's are an opportunity for you to find out about work the branch has been involved in on your behalf over the past 12 months. We will also update on the most up to date position that we will be aware of at the time, on the Scottish Governments plans for the future of the health boards in Scotland. There is a proposed new Public Health Body that is likely to have impact on some employer areas where our branch has membership.
There is always time during the meeting for questions to be raised from a local or national perspective that you may wish to ask. It is at these meetings where we ratify our Branch Stewards & Officers for the next 12 months. There may also be Branch Officer elections that need to be carried out.
As a member, you are entitled to attend any of these meetings. It does not need to be your particular work area meeting, if dates/times dont suit.
Please note that for our Gyle Square based members, we have had to arrange 3 x 1 hour meetings this year instead of the normal 2 x 1hr.15min. This is due to the board room availability, and only having 1 of these, instead of the usual 2 and
possible capacity issues.
Please try to attend 1 of the many meetings arranged below.
Tam Hiddleston UNISON Scottish Health Care Branch Secretary
Wednesday 1st March Atheneum, Glasgow 11am
Thursday 2nd March Bain Square, Livingston 11am
Thursday 9th March Canderside Larkhall 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm, 10pm-11pm
Monday 13th March Gyle Square 10:45am - 11:45am, 12pm-1pm, 1.15pm-2.15pm
Monday 13th March Westport, Edinburgh 2.30pm
Wednesday 22nd March Bridgeview Aberdeen 11am
Wednesday 29th March Meridian Court Glasgow 10.45am
Thursday 30th March Belford Rd Edinburgh 6pm
The Tax Refund Company
Dear Branch Member
The branch will very soon be sending out by mail to your home address, a copy of the new branch newsletter. Very early in 2017 there will also be a direct mailing of the 2016/17 Branch Annual report.
We invariably receive back a high volume of mail as undeliverable. It is therefore imperative that your home address details registered on the UNISON membership system are fully up to date.
This is also highly important due to the legal position in the event of any industrial ballots being called in the future, that UNISON hold your current address details. Please take a couple of minutes to review the details UNISON hold for you are correct. You will require your UNISON membership number or National Insurance number.
21/04/2016 - The Anti Trade Union Bill
Good news in the campaign to defeat the Anti Trade Union Bill
The government have withdrawn plans to ban public service workers from having their union subs deducted from pay.
More news on this in the news section of this site.
01/04/2016: Branch Secretary Election Result:
Following the end of our branch AGM process, the result of the election that took place for the role of Branch Secretary was as follows:
Tam Hiddleston - 141 votes
Viv Thomson - 35 votes
Therefore Tam Hiddleston will continue as Branch Secretary
17/03/2016: Please see the news section for some good news on the Anti Trade Union Bill
10/03/2016: European Referendum - Please see the News section of this site for information regards a branch consultation on the EU Referendum.
26/02/2016; Please see information below on location, dates and times for the branch Annual General Meeting’s taking place during the month of March. Specific meeting rooms will be advertised in your workplace.
All members are encouraged to attend at least 1 of these meetings.
Election for the post of Branch Secretary will be carried out at each meeting where a private ballot will take place.
BRIDGEVIEW ABERDEEN 09/03/16 11.15
BAIN SQUARE LIVINGSTON 10/03/16 10.00
MERIDIAN COURT GLASGOW 14/03/16 11.00
NES WESTPORT EDINBURGH 14/03/16 14.30
ATHENEUM GLASGOW 22/03/16 10.45
CANDERSIDE LARKHALL 24/03/16 13.00
22.00 (Night Shift)
GYLE SQUARE EDINBURGH 29/03/16 10.15
60 BELFORD ROAD EDINBURGH 31/03/16 18.00
UNISON PRIZE DRAW FOR ALL MEMBERS: Please see information in the news section of this website for further information regards a substantial prize draw for all UNISON members
27/01/2016: UNISON AGM period is nearly upon us. Please find all the latest information on dates etc, plus a copy of the 2015/16 Branch Annual Report in the "News" section of this site.