Unite members vote to reject revised COSLA offer

Unite members working in Scotland’s local authorities have voted to reject the revised pay offer put to them by Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).

55% voted to reject and 45% to accept.

The craft ballot closes on Monday 4 February.

Read the full story on Unite the Union’s website.

Sign the petition calling for proper Council funding

The Scottish Government has cut funding to Scottish councils year on year for the past decade. Edinburgh has endured £250m of budget cuts in the last five years. In 2019/20, it will face £41 million of cuts, with a predicted £106 million of cuts in the following three years. Jobs and services have been lost and continue to be cut.

The Westminster Government have cut the funding to the Scottish budget by 1.65% since 2013, but the funding the Scottish government gives to Scottish councils has fallen by 6.92% since 2013. This means that Scottish councils have taken the brunt of austerity cuts in the Scottish public sector.

We call on the Scottish Government and all opposition parties to

  • look urgently at the damaging impact of spending reductions
  • work together to increase funding to Councils.

Sign the petition

Stand Up to Racism Conference Scotland Conference 2019

On Saturday 2 February 2018 12 to 5pm at Unison Glasgow City Branch, 84 Bell Street, G1 1LQ.

Tickets are

  • £10
  • £5 for unwaged or students
  • free for refugees.

Book tickets for the SUTR Scotland Conference

Join the discussion and organise

Racism is on the rise—and the far right is seeking to take advantage. In Britain, UKIP, the ‘Football Lads’ and Tommy Robinson are trying to capitalise on the ‘hostile environment’ created by politicians and much of the media. How can we organise to challenge racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and the growth of the far right on the streets and in our communities?

February is the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Macpherson Report in 1999. This followed the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in London. The report provoked a debate about institutional racism in the police but also in wider society. Yet two decades on, institutional racism and Islamophobia remain deeply entrenched.

How can we organise to challenge racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and the growth of the far right on the streets and in our communities?

Themes

  • Confronting the rise in racism
  • Islamophobia and antisemitism
  • Mobilising against the far right
  • Justice for Sheku Bayou
  • Defend freedom of movement
  • Solidarity with the Stansfield 15
  • Migration is not a crime
  • Refugees are welcome here

Speakers include

  • Talat Ahmed – Stand Up To Racism Scotland
  • Aamer Anwar – human rights lawyer
  • Sandra White – SNP MSP
  • Stephen Smellie – Unison Scotland vice convenor
  • Anas Sarwar – Labour MSP
  • Melanie Strickland – one of the Stansted 15
  • Gordon Martin – RMT union Scotland organiser
  • Shafiq Mohammed – Asylum Seeker Housing Project

Other events

National march against racism in Glasgow on Saturday 16 March 2019.