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By UNISON, May 4 2020 09:01AM

The Scottish Government have decided to hold onto the money provided through the barnet formula for Scottish Councils.


The TORY Westminster Government passed £1.6 billion to local authorities south of the border directly, whilst the Scottish Government has decided not to pass our £155 million share directly onto Local Councils - instead advising them to use their reserves.


Councils have had to respond to this crisis after 10 years of austerity and our members response has been tremendous during these difficult times. The fact is that many of our local authorities are quickly running out of money, whilst the Scottish Government are holding onto our cash - no doubt to dream up some new ring-fencing for their priorities.


Please see UNISON letter & press release below:


https://unison-scotland.org/unison-calls-on-scottish-government-to-pass-on-155m-in-full-to-councils/


Please also see COSLA's position in the herald below:


https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18421828.coronavirus-scotland-councils-told-use-reserves-155m-support-withheld/


I would urge all members to contact their local MSP's to demand this money is passed to your Local Authority without delay.



By UNISON, Apr 27 2020 10:10AM

Online event

International Workers Memorial Day

Tuesday, 28 April 2020



Online Tribute 10.30am

We remember those we have lost. We organise in their memory.


National One Minute Silence 11.00am

A moment remember those who've sadly lost their lives at work over the past year; to pay tribute to the sacrifice of so many workers during the pandemic; and to thank all those who continue to do vital work at great risk.


Activities on the Day

• Attend the 10.30 online ceremony

• Observe the one minute silence

• Attach a purple ‘twibbon’ to your social media profile to mark the day (link)

• Continue to request that council and government buildings across Scotland fly their flags at half-mast or illuminate public buildings with purple lighting



Register Now


See Also - International Workers Day Document

By UNISON, Mar 31 2020 08:17AM

Local Government staff who are out delivering essential services at this time deserve our support and respect COSLA President Alison Evison, said today (Monday.)

Councillor Evison said: “All Local Government staff should always be supported and respected – but it is even more important that they are in these unprecedented and most challenging of times – when they are needed more than ever as they go about delivering for communities.


“Our Local Government workers continue to provide care for the most vulnerable people in our society, maintain public health such as regular cleansing and waste collection; continue to support children and their families either from home or in the Hubs; and support local business.


“These and many other key council workers are vital and doing everything that they can to maintain services to our communities and to keep our residents supported. In addition we should also remember and pay tribute to those Local Government workers working alongside our staff in the NHS and the other blue light services to keep us safe. Many others are working behind the scenes to maintain the systems that keep our local services functioning.”


Johanna Baxter, Head of Local Government UNISON said: "Recent news that incidents of abuse, directed towards local government workers, has increased during this national crises is very worrying. No one deserves to be abused during the course of their work, least of all our hard working local government workers who are continuing to go to their work, providing care for the most vulnerable in our society and keeping our essential services working. UNISON will do everything we can in consultation with COSLA to protect and safeguard these vital workers."


Larry Flanagan, EIS General Secretary added: “The work that is being undertaken in hub schools by teachers, janitors, cleaners, catering staff and others, is critical to supporting NHS workers and reducing the number of deaths caused by COVID 19. Everyone has a part to play in Scotland’s response to this crisis



By UNISON, Mar 30 2020 09:45AM



UNISON members working for Stirling Council, Stirling Health & Social Care Partnership and other vital community and voluntary organisations continue to work during this difficult time.

Whilst a great number of our members are working from home they continue to provide essential services by telephone and through email and social media by updating information, dealing with crisis loan calls, the coordination of home care services and much more.


It is of course these members and perhaps most of all to those still out working in the community that we wish to thank. Our members in the NHS figure prominently in the media and we recognise their immense contribution but local government and voluntary organisation workers are often forgot.

Our members continue to provide care at home services, residential services, childcare, teaching and environmental services against a backdrop of increased demands during these unprecedented times.


UNISON would remind members of the public that these workers are there to help and should not be subject to abuse, threats or violence whilst carrying out their duties. Please show your support to these workers as they are doing what they do best.


Lorraine Thomson, UNISON Branch Secretary, said:


“In these unprecedented conditions and against a backdrop of 10 years of austerity cuts to jobs and services, I cannot thank our members enough for their efforts. Many of these essential staff are amongst the lowest paid in the workforce and despite this they are the most dedicated and resilient.


UNISON has been working with Stirling Council and many local voluntary and third sector employers to ensure that our members are properly informed and equipped to carry out this vital work.


Our UNISON Chair of Local Government in Scotland Mark Ferguson has been in daily contact with COSLA (Convention of Scottish Authorities) and the Scottish Government to ensure that services continue to be delivered against a backdrop of shortages of staff, lack of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and increased demand from the public.


We have seen a marked increase in membership and I am pleased to see that many are recognising the benefits of being in a trade union. I would like to think this is recognition of the good and important work we are doing on behalf of members.

I want to pay tribute to our care at home and residential care staff who are on the frontline caring for some of our most vulnerable members of the community. Their work is vital to ease pressure on our already stretched NHS.”


UNISON has closed its local office to the public until further notice but activists and staff continue their work supporting members from home or out volunteering to deliver food, etc alongside the workers we represent.


Members can continue to contact us in the usual way and we will continue to respond to all requests for assistance.


By UNISON, Mar 6 2020 10:48AM

If a person is in self-isolation, health and social care staff should ascertain if the individual has symptoms prior to their visit. It may become necessary to suspend some home visits and alternative arrangements must be put in place to maintain contact (e.g. telephone liaison). Health and social care staff performing non-deferrable essential visits (for example, child protection, personal or nursing care) to households where there is an individual self isolating, should follow the guidance below:


• If the person receiving the home visit has no symptoms

As the person has no symptoms there is no need to change your approach.


• If the person receiving the home visit has symptoms

If during a telephone consultation with a client or their family member / representative to assess their suitability for a domiciliary visit, it is thought that COVID-19 is a possibility then a domiciliary visit should be avoided. Instead, call the client’s GP or NHS 24 (phone 111) for further advice.


If during a domiciliary visit it is thought that COVID-19 is a possibility, then:

• avoid any further physical contact with the person, if you can. The person should remain in the room with the door closed.

• advise anyone with you not to enter the room.

• ask the patient or their family member/representative to call their GP or NHS 24 for further advice.

• inform your manager and contact your local Health Protection Team for advice.

• if the client or resident is seriously ill and requires urgent medical attention, phone 999 and inform the ambulance call handler of the potential links to COVID-19.


If after assessment the person has a negative COVID-19 test, then no further action is required.


If after assessment the person has a positive COVID-19 test, then the local Health


Protection Team will be in contact with you and will carry out a risk assessment, identify people who have been in contact with the case and advise on any actions or precautions that need to be taken.”



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