|Posted by [email protected] on November 8, 2017 at 4:15 AM||comments (1)|
A new UNISON film, featuring former Dynasty actor Stephanie Beacham, takes a tongue-in-cheek look at why the government should give teaching assistants, paramedics, refuse collectors and other public service workers a pay rise.
The two-minute satirical Pat on the Back film highlights the government’s hypocritical attitude to public servants – commending their dedication and hard work, yet refusing to lift the public sector pay cap, says UNISON.
But behind UNISON’s spoof film is a serious message. Low pay not only harms individual employees and their families, it means services are run down as staff desert the public sector in search of higher wages.
Stephanie Beacham said: “I wanted to do this film because I find it deeply unacceptable that public service staff who keep us safe, look after us when we’re ill and keep our local services running haven’t seen a pay rise in seven years.
“Our public service workers deserve more than a measly pat on the back, they need substantially more money in their pockets. The public sector pay cap has to go now, and be replaced with a decent wage.”
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Giving public service workers a pat on the back isn’t going to put food on their table, petrol in their cars or pay their bills.
“Government ministers have been quick to praise public servants, but slow to appreciate the financial strain their harsh pay policies are putting on households up and down the country.
“In the Budget, the Chancellor needs to dig deep and give public service staff a pay rise that more than matches the rising cost of living.”
|Posted by [email protected] on September 5, 2017 at 4:05 AM||comments (0)|
UNISON has been engaging with NHS Glasgow and Clyde interpreters in recent weeks to discuss their concerns about working for the Health Board.
A few weeks ago we held an open meeting which was attended by more than 20 interpreters following the publication of our survey. We have also met with the employers informally to discuss the concerns raised by interpreters.
Today (Mon 4 Sept), we were notified by the employers that a meeting was to take place on Tues 5 Sept to begin discussing a review of the service.
UNISON objected to the meeting being organised and conducted without trade union representation. We also expressed concerns that NHSGGC had so far ignored our concerns about terms and conditions of employment.
We have now been informed that the meeting planned for tomorrow will not go ahead and UNISON will be invited to attend the next meeting on 3 Oct.
We have also received an invitation to meet with Snr Managers to discuss the terms and conditions issues on 19 Sept.
Terms of the review
The formal terms of reference for the review have not yet been agreed or published. However it is clear from the draft paper sent to UNISON that employers want to redesign/ change the model of delivery and save money where possible.
Terms and conditions
This is an important meeting, but it is a first meeting. I propose to focus on:
• Lack of communication and PDP for interpreters
• Health and Safety specifically in relation to lone working and cross health board travel
• Travel time between jobs
• Payments when jobs are cancelled
• The job allocation process
Due to the timeframe of meetings we are going to organise another OPEN meeting for all NHSGGC Interpreters. The provisional date is Thurs 5 Oct at 6pm at our UNISON Office in Empire House, 131 West Nile Street, Glasgow.
Join the facebook group specifically relating to this ongoing issue at:
|Posted by [email protected] on June 13, 2017 at 5:05 AM||comments (1)|
Almost 300 Nurse Assistants, HCSW and other Band 2 nurses have responded to the UNISON campaign to maximise their pay which was launched on International Nurses Day.
The campaign seeks to encourage UNISON members to evaluate the key roles and tasks in the job to help them determine whether they do ‘personal care’ or ‘clinical care’. Members involved in clinical roles MAY have a legitimate claim for a Band 3.
Cathy Miller said, “UNISON has already pursued a number of claims for Band 2 nursing staff, so we know that many of them are working above the Band 2 profile. The response so far has been terrific and we won’t rest until we are confident that every UNISON Band 2 Nurse has the information they need.”
Following up on the activity so far, the union will lodge initial claims for 280 members, with new enquiries coming in everyday.
If you are a Band 2 NA and you do much more than ‘personal care’ get in touch with UNISON on [email protected] or 0141 331 4450 for more info.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 13, 2017 at 5:05 AM||comments (0)|
Following on from a formal offer from the Scottish Government to submit ‘joint evidence’ to the NHS Pay Review Body, UNISON has written to the PRB and challenged their independence.
Writing in letter dated 24 May to Phillipa Herd, Chair of the PRB UNISON said, “The trade unions’ long-standing support for the Pay Review Body process is being challenged by members, who perceive that the PRB is providing cover for a politically-imposed ‘pay cap’ and is ignoring the fact that NHS wages have not kept up with the costs they experience”
adding, "If you believe that the Review Body process can deliver fair pay for NHS staff we would urge you to make it clear that your recommendations for the next pay round will not be bound by the Government-imposed pay cap."
The union will meet in the next few weeks to consider the Governments offer, but so far has not ruled out rejecting it in favour of pay barraging. To achieve this ALL other unions in Scotland will need to agree.
The last time a similar offer was made, the RCN refused to leave the PRB and the Government withdrew the proposal on the basis that it would only negotiate if ALL unions signed up.
|Posted by [email protected] on March 14, 2017 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
Your Branch joined Unison Glasgow Branch activists and other unions protesting against public service cuts and supporting the trade unions alternative budget plan.
Those gathered demanded more money for NHS and council services. There is a campaign to win more money for our city and taxing the rich to pay for public services.
Cathy Miller, Branch Secretary, addressing the crowd said,” NHS Glasgow and Clyde had to find £60 million pounds cuts every year for the last 5 years and £100 million this year in cuts to its budget. Staff unions believe the board is underfunded and at a point of making cuts which will affect patient care.
“With shortages in nursing, catering, administration and community services these cuts are impacting on patients. This year we are facing £100 million cuts, let me be clear, there is nothing left to save. The Chief Executive of the board has said wards will have to close.”
|Posted by [email protected] on February 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
UNISON NHS GGC & CVS members, come join us on the rally and defend the cuts in NHS and Council services. We need to stand stronger together to make our voices heard. We will be meeting at the peoples palace 10:45 for an 11am March to George Square. Come along and walk with the Branch Banner. Support our essential services. We are Not Overspent, We are Underfunded! You say Transformation - We say Cuts!
|Posted by [email protected] on December 16, 2016 at 5:25 AM||comments (0)|
The Branch played host to a training session for this years NHS modern apprentices. Regional Organiser Matt McLaughlin and Area Organiser Susan Burns, discussed policies, equality and trade union issues during a full and informative day.
Cathy Miller, Branch Secretary said, "UNISON NHS GGC & CVS Branch is proud to support this excellent initiative and look forward to working with and supporting our new modern apprentice members in the future."
|Posted by [email protected] on December 16, 2016 at 5:20 AM||comments (0)|
UNISON Scotland today released a briefing on the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2017-18.
It covers how the Scottish Government intends to raise revenue, including its use of the new devolved powers over taxation.
It then sets out the spending plans and how they are likely to impact on the services UNISON members deliver. You can read the briefing below.
|Posted by [email protected] on November 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM||comments (0)|
UNISON NHSGGC & CVS Branch today attended a ceremony to recognise the high standard of work of this years recruits in the Boards modern apprenticeship programme.
All receive mentor support and are given role-specific training packages which ultimately lead to SQA qualifications.
Frances Carmichael, assistant branch secretary of UNISON NHS Glasgow Clyde and CVS Branch, said: “We are proud that NHS GGC & CVS Branch supports the Board’s MA programme by sponsoring the Modern Apprentice of the Year prize.
“Modern Apprenticeships provide us with the means to recruit young people into permanent employment within our organisation.
“We recognise the exceptionally high standard of employees who have been recruited through this programme, and highlight the dedication and enthusiasm of each individual, and their exceptional performance on the job and in approach to their studies.
“UNISON NHS Glasgow Clyde and CVS Branch is honoured to have sponsored and supported these apprentices over the last three years, and will continue to support this innovative programme.”
|Posted by [email protected] on October 5, 2016 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
At a recent protest outside the NHS Annual review in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, your branch demanded that Health Minister Shona Robinson, listen to concerns over massive cuts to services, and the impact they will have on patient care.
Staff are already stressed due to understaffing and consistent cuts over the last few years, and further cuts will have a detrimental effect on staff, services and patients.
Branch Secretary Cathy Miller Probed the Health Minister: “This is not about the Board. This is about the Scottish Government funding Glasgow. Another year, another budget settlement which falls far short of what it costs to deliver services across NHSGGC.
Cathy Added: “NHS Glasgow and Clyde is not overspent, it is underfunded. In addition to the centralisation of more services and short staffing right across our membership, we are now at the stage where the Board are relying on selling off parcels of land to release one off money to help balance the books.”
The protest follows a leaked development plan suggesting maternity and vital wards face the axe in a cost cutting drive. They include the closure of midwifery facilities at Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde Hospital in Greenock.
Lightburn geriatric hospital in Glasgow could also shut while children's emergency care may be moved from Paisley's Royal Alexandra Hospital. Bosses hope to raise £23 million by selling off 19 disused sites including Victoria Infirmary, Merchiston, Blawarthill and Drumchapel Hospital, but amid warnings of a economic slowdown they branded this a "desperate gamble".
Cathy said: “It is clear that despite near constant change and review, this Board can’t meet the demands being placed on it. If they are not funding us, we can’t do everything they are asking us to do. If they do not do something about this, these services will be lost. If they are not willing to help it's in their hands".