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
UNISON Scotland formally submitted their 2018 pay claim to Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well Being on 16th October when she attended NHS Tayside Health Board’s annual review.
The UNISON claim calls on the Scottish government to deliver their commitment to scrap the 1% pay cap for health workers and calls on them to match the retail price index or 3.9% with an additional £800 for all staff to restore some of the earnings lost due to a decade of austerity.
The pay claim letter states: “Last year we warned that health staff are unlikely to put up with the NHS Review Body being bound by a 1% pay cap for future rounds. Yet just six months away from our April 2018 review date it is still not clear whether the Review Body will be allowed free rein to make recommendations for 2018-19 which start to address the mounting morale issues and staffing shortages.
Nor is it clear whether central funding will be made available to fund the level of pay rise that is needed for all NHS staff. Without a commitment on funding, the Pay Review Body will be rightly concerned that any pay rise it recommends can only be delivered through cuts at organisational or country level.”
Most people join and stay in UNISON to get the best representation and support at work when they need it. But UNISON members also receive superb membership benefits - you could save the cost of your subscription many times over.
For a comprehensive list of the superb offers available please visit the national UNISON website: http://www.unison.org.uk/benefits/index.asp
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)