Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Young Members are NOT 'the future'

November is officially Young Workers’ Month. Though we know many UNISON members will always be young at heart, in UNISON members count as ‘young’ if they are 27 or under.
So to celebrate Young Workers’ Month, we caught up with 27 members who are under 27.
Young workers are not ‘the future.’ They’re here right now. All too often young workers’ views are overlooked, their development neglected, and their pay and conditions worse than older workers, even if they do exactly the same job.
UNISON is working for a better deal for young workers...
To read more please see the link below:

Friday, 20 October 2017

Healthy Workplaces for all Ages

In association with Health & Safety Week which runs from 23rd-29th October please find below a link to an interactive guide for Health Workplaces for all ages:

UNISON supports the campaign for safer and healthier work, so promotes the European Health and Safety Week and the UK National Inspection Day on the Wednesday of the Week.

This year’s theme remains  “Healthy workplaces for all ages” and good workplace design and well managed health and safety benefit all of those at work; whether young, old, or in-between.
Changes in life expectancy and pension provision means that more workers will stay at work as they age.  Apprenticeship schemes as an alternative to schooling may see more young people at work.
Employers must look after the health and safety of all employees; but particularly consider vulnerable groups such as older or younger workers, or women of child-bearing age.  Working for longer, and the fact that children now grow up with computers, may also result in longer exposure to risks (musculoskeletal or otherwise).
Older workers are more likely to suffer disabilities and long term health problems so measures such as rehabilitation and return to work will become more important.
So UNISON encourages employers and branches to work together.

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.