UNISON There for You – Winter Fuel Grants 2017-2018
Worried about paying your Winter Fuel Bill?
Get help staying warm this winter
With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills.
Help is on hand
“There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £50.
To apply and download the application form visit unison.org.uk/thereforyou
Or simply contact your local UNISON branch office or ring UNISON Direct
0800 0857 857 for a form to be sent to you.
2018 Pay Claim Submitted
PAY CLAIM UPDATE 6 January, 2018
UNISON reps from councils across Scotland met on 1 December 2017 to map out a campaign for a pay claim for 2018 that will repair some of the damage of years of real terms pay cuts.
The average public service worker has lost almost £4,000 in the value of their pay since 2010.
Mark Ferguson, chair of the Scottish Local Government Committee, said: “Our members pay has suffered from years of pay freezes and below inflation pay rises, resulting of losses up to 16% since 2010.
“Our Scottish local government conference voted overwhelmingly on 1 December 2017 to submit a pay claim of 6.5%. This figure includes RPI/CPI whichever is greater plus the starting point for the recovery of losses already suffered.”
UNISON will now take this position to the other local government unions to set a joint claim for the new year.
Mark has also written to the Chair of UNISON Scotland Local Government Service Group and to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay MSP, setting out UNISON’s concerns over the lack of funding for local government pay in the draft Scottish budget and highlights the inconsistent approach compared to teachers pay (see letter here).
Mark added: “Whilst the UK & Scottish Government have been making cuts through a flawed austerity agenda, our members have continued to provide essential services to our communities – despite thousands of job losses.
“Our branches have begun preparing for our pay campaign and are demanding that our employers ‘PAY UP NOW’.”
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Interested in Learning?
There are many learning and training opportunities already available to UNISON members including our award-winning Return to Learn programme as well as discounts on Open University courses and locally organised training tailored to your needs.
Most of the courses are on the mainland but
some courses are held in the Western Isles:
for example in recent years we have held:
Organising Steward training courses
Level I British Sign Language BSL
Improving Team Performance (SCQF 6)