Thursday, 14 September 2017

Pay Up Now! – Scrap the pay cap and give public servants a meaningful pay rise

UNISON have set up a petition to be presented to the UK Government and Parliament asking them to "Scrap the Pay Cap" and give public servants a meaningful pay rise. 

Every single person who works in public services needs and deserve a pay rise. It’s time for the pay cap to be scrapped, for the government to provide additional funding for public sector pay and for employers to put public sector workers pay up now.

For more than seven years, everyone who works in public services has seen their pay decline, thanks to the public sector pay cap. Inflation is currently at 2.9%, meaning that the cap is a significant annual pay cut for those public service champions – nurses, care workers, teaching assistants, social workers and so many others - who work for all of us. Public sector pay has risen by just 4.4% between 2010 and 2016 while the cost of living rose by 22%.

Sign this petition

Monday, 26 June 2017


UNISON have launched a summer of campaign activity calling on the Scottish government to scrap the cap on NHS pay rises, which will include the union and members lobbying Scottish Government Ministers on pay as they carry out their annual round of NHS Board Reviews.
UNISON branches and members across Scotland will be using the summer and autumn to secure a fair deal for NHS workers.

We are the NHS union. We represent almost 60,000 NHS workers across Scotland. And we have been critical of governments and the Independent Pay Review Body after a series of below inflation pay rises awarded to NHS workers across the UK.

The UK government’s continued austerity has lead to another real terms cut in the pay of NHS workers. Too many politicians are always happy to praise the work of our loyal and dedicated NHS staff, yet they refuse to deliver a fair deal on pay.
UNISON welcome the Scottish government’s recognition that the pay cap is hurting NHS workers and cannot continue. However, it is now time for that recognition to be turned into positive action.
  • 3 July NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • 6 July NHS Fife
  • 20 July NHS Border for Pay Review Board evidence gathering session
  • 21 August NHS Shetland
  • 31 August NHS Highland
  • 8 September NHS Lanarkshire
  • 29 September NHS Lothian
  • 2 October NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • 16 October NHS Tayside

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Tomorrow - help get the vote out

stock photo of woman holding pen in front of polling station sign
Our members and public services need everyone to use their vote

Tomorrow is election day: a vital day for the future of our country and our public services. Please help in making sure that as many union members as possible have their say through the ballot box – and use your vote yourself!

As general secretary Dave Prentis wrote this week: “Every single vote is going to matter.

“It is not for me to tell you how you should vote. I am well aware that UNISON members will have their own opinions and you’ll be making up your own mind.

“But as UNISON’s general secretary, my priority is to protect jobs and to fight for our public services.

“That’s why I’ll be voting Labour.”

Monday, 6 February 2017


Let UNISON work for YOU!

Attend your local Health Branch Annual General Meeting at 1200hrs - 1300hrs on Thursday 9th February 2017 in the Saltire Room.

Come along for your chance to win a £30 meal voucher to spend at the St. Ola Hotel.

Sandwiches, Tea & Coffee will be provided.

Join UNISON today on 01224 620624 and get involved!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Orkney Health Branch AGM - Thursday 9th February at 12pm

All members of the UNISON Orkney Health Branch are invited to attend their Annual General Meeting which will be held on Thursday 9th February 2017 at 12pm in the Saltire Room, Balfour Hospital, where lunch will be provided.

A preliminary agenda will be sent to all members shortly, however this will be subject to changes and additions.  We would ask that you let us know if you have anything you wish discussed at the AGM and we will endeavour to include your suggestions on the updated agenda.

Nomination forms along with a list of current committee members and stewards will also be sent to all members and we would encourage our members to submit nominations for their Branch Officers and Stewards.  Please complete your nominations and return to Karen Spence no later than Friday 3rd February 2017.  Please note that all current committee members and stewards need to be re-nominated.

All members are warmly invited and encouraged to attend.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Committee Membership
Your UNISON Orkney Health Branch is desperately in need of Committee members and stewards.  Unfortunately, due to work commitments, and other issues, the current committee members are under extreme pressure to keep up to date with UNISON affairs, assisting our members, keep members informed, training, etc. 

We write in the hope that you may consider coming on board with your local branch and helping to ensure the future of this committee.  There are currently only 4 officers within your local branch and to have such limited representation for our members within NHS Orkney is not a situation we would wish to continue for much longer.  This may result in limited representation available locally within NHS Orkney, unless interest is shown from members to become more active in branch matters and supporting fellow members.

If we had a few more committee members to help with some of our duties, this would make all the difference.  Maybe you have received positive representation in the past and feel that you may be able to help someone in a similar situation in the future.  Helping your colleagues to a better workplace can only be a positive action to take.

Please take some time to consider this request and don’t hesitate to contact one of the committee to discuss what may be involved, they will be only too happy to help.  Even becoming a workplace contact can make all the difference.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

UNISON's Orkney Health Branch would like to wish all their members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Branch officers will be on leave over the festive period but should you require urgent advice or support, please contact UNISON Scotland on
08000 857 857

Members who were unable to attend the drop-in session on 18th November to collect their 2017 diaries should hope to receive them by Friday 23rd December as they will be delivered to your department.  If however you have not received yours, please contact Karen Spence in the New Year.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Win the Cost of Christmas!

UNISON is launching its biggest ever prize giveaway!
To celebrate the launch of UNISON's prepaid card,  they will be making January extra special for one lucky prepaid cardholder and their loved ones by offering a chance to win back the cost of Christmas.
YouGov Survey estimated that the average British household would spend a WHOPPING £796 on Christmas last year… so that’s what UNISON we will load on to the prepaid card of its lucky winner! That’s £796 to spend on anything from grocery shopping through to meals out or to spend in the January sales. Plus, you’ll also earn unlimited cashback on your everyday shopping with your UNISON Prepaid Plus Cashback card!


Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, it’s no matter to us because everyone is in with a chance of winning.
All you have to do is apply for your UNISON Prepaid Plus Cashback card by clicking the link below before 19th December 2016. If you already have a card, you don’t have to do anything! Please see the prize rules below.
Good luck!
Prepaid Plus Cashback Card – £796 Prize Draw Rules:
1. To be entered into the draw you must successfully apply for a Prepaid Plus Cashback card or be a Prepaid Plus cardholder before 19th December 2016.
2. Entrants must be 18 or over, union members and permanent residents in the UK.
3. The promoter of this offer is Union Income Limited (UI). Employees of Union Income Ltd and any company within the Embignell Ltd group, or their agents or families are ineligible.
4. Entry is strictly limited to one entry per member.
5. Entries must be received by 5pm on 19th December 2016. The draw will take place on 20th December 2016 and the winner will be advised by telephone on 21st December 2016.
6. No responsibility is taken for any entry which due to any circumstances is not delivered or is delayed.
7. There will be one winner and one prize.
8. The winner’s name will be made available for a period of 4 weeks after the draw is made. You can find out who the winner was by sending a stamped addressed envelope to UNISON Prepaid Plus Cashback Card Christmas Draw Result 2016, Union Income Limited, 39/51 Highgate Road, London NW5 1RT.
9. The prize is a £796 free load made to your UNISON Prepaid Plus Cashback card. There is no cash alternative.
10. Acceptance of the prize will be deemed as permission by the entrant for Union Income Ltd or any company within the Embignell Ltd group to use the winner’s name and photograph in publicity material.
11. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
12. Any tax liabilities incurred through participation in the competition are the responsibility of the entrant.
13. By entering this competition, you agree to these terms and conditions.