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.

UNISON Scotland recommends pay offer is accepted



UNISON Scotland agreed to recommend that members accept a pay deal which is worth at least 9% for NHS workers across Scotland over three years. The main elements of the deal are:

All NHS Scotland staff earning under £80,000 to receive a 3% pay rise backdated to 1 April 2018 with a payment of £1600 for staff earning more than £80,000,

The top of all pay scales to rise by 9% over the lifetime of the 3 year deal (incl 2018) or £1600 p.a. for scales above £80,000,

Larger increments and faster progression for staff in post, but not yet at the top of their pay band, worth between 11.3% and 27.7%,

Removal of band overlaps to ensure promotion comes with a proper pay rise and to lessen the risk of equal pay challenges,

Big improvements in the starting salaries to help the NHS attract and retain new staff,

Applies to all NHS contractor staff.


Chair of UNISON Scotland’s health committee, Tam Waterson, said:

“This is not a perfect deal and it does not go the full way to recovering the losses incurred by health workers during more than a decade of austerity and pay cuts. But it puts money in our members’ pockets now so that many will reach the agreed rate for the job faster than they would have done with current pay arrangements.

“UNISON is Scotland’s largest health union and has led the way on NHS pay, campaigning and lobbying around our Scrap the Cap and Pay Up Now campaigns. UNISON is now leading the way in recommending this deal to our members – the best that can be achieved by negotiation – which is the result of our members’ hard work.”


Click here for the proposed figures (downloadable word doc 164Kb)


All members will receive a ballot paper by email.


UNISON’s ballot opened on 16 July and will close on 14 August 2018.

Membership Services

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)